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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 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.”
News June 17
The House bill does something unprecedented: It blocks immigrants from citizenship based on their juvenile records.
Feature June 11
Courts often order children who break the law to pay thousands of dollars in restitution to victims—even when the victim is an insurance company.
Life Inside June 6
I had a shot at being the heavyweight boxing champion of the world. Then I was convicted of murder.
News April 29
Outdated or inaccurate charges often linger on people’s records and lead to devastating new stints in jail.