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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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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.
News September 25
An unwed father hopes his case will change the way courts decide what it means to be a parent.
News August 1
In Detroit, court-appointed lawyers for the poor are encouraged to take on large caseloads at the expense of their clients, a new report says.
News July 18
In New York City, officers are illegally using information from arrests that have been sealed, according to a lawsuit. The practice is legal in more than two dozen states.
News June 24
“Whatever would come of this, they wouldn’t expel me or anything,” said a 17-year-old reporter. “I’m just presenting the facts.”