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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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Coronavirus March 28
Only 7 percent of black men would be deemed low-risk enough to get out using the federal prison system’s risk assessment tool, according to an analysis.
Coronavirus March 24
New placements, family visits and child-abuse investigations falter across the country.
Feature February 11
Every year, thousands of children are removed from their homes by officials who fear for their safety—only to be returned within days. It “felt like being kidnapped,” one said.
Justice Lab January 30
The Supreme Court ended automatic life without parole for children. What replaces it remains unclear.
News January 17
Despite statewide legalization, some counties ban probationers and parolees from using medical marijuana. So the chronically ill turn to less effective and more addictive prescription drugs.
News January 16
A lawsuit filed by St. Louis's first black female prosecutor highlights the virulent opposition progressive black women in the role say they have encountered.
Analysis December 13
An eerily similar crime in New York this week will test public attitudes about juvenile justice.
Life Inside December 5
After my mother was diagnosed with cancer, she married the love of her life even though he was still behind bars. Then he got sick, too.
Analysis November 14
How “free Mets tickets” for teens became a flashpoint in debate over looming bail reform law.