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Eli Hager is a staff writer covering juvenile justice, family court, fines and fees and other issues. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, This American Life and elsewhere. He also edits The Marshall Project's "Life Inside" feature and is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia University. In 2017, Eli was named a Livingston Award finalist for his investigation into private prisoner transportation.
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Analysis April 3
Embezzlement and selling drugs near a school are among the offenses some states classify as violent.
Feature March 29
How the dangerous prisoner transport business has dodged responsibility for “gross negligence.”
News March 14
Judges have drastically cut back on bail and jail in criminal cases, a new study shows. And defendants are still showing up in court.
News January 17
Newly elected prosecutors won’t take cases from unreliable officers—but are these no-call lists fair?
News January 7
Family visits canceled, guards driving for Uber, rising tensions and more.
News December 13, 2018
Mitch McConnell’s Senate has quietly passed juvenile justice legislation that would ban states from holding children in adult jails.
Feature December 3, 2018
Being stripped of parental rights while in prison, even for minor crimes, is “the family separation crisis that no one knows about,” one advocate said.
News November 12, 2018
Pairing old-school defense with attention to real-life problems gets people out of jail.
News September 19, 2018
A new presidential appointee has quietly changed decades-old federal policies meant to improve racial disparities in youth incarceration.
News August 13, 2018
A clash over evidence that could help defendants has wider implications.