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Maurice Chammah is a staff writer and the author of "Let the Lord Sort Them: The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty," which won the 2019 J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Book Award. His work has been published by The New Yorker, The Atlantic and The New York Times. A former Fulbright fellow, he helps organize The Insider Prize, a contest for incarcerated writers sponsored by the magazine American Short Fiction. He lives in Austin, Texas.
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Feature September 19
Will demands for law enforcement accountability reach popular tough-on-crime sheriffs? A Florida race offers a test.
Feature July 29
But you probably wouldn’t know it, because sheriffs rule them with little accountability. After one man's death in a notorious lockup, residents of a Missouri town fought back.
Feature July 24
An oral history of the first federal execution under Donald Trump, as told by victims’ relatives, prison staff, and others.
Feature July 1
When COVID-19 threatened the jail in Tyler, Texas, an activist pressured her sheriff to make change.
News June 8
The controversial version of the U.S. flag has been hailed as a sign of police solidarity and criticized as a symbol of white supremacy.
Coronavirus May 28
Some prison systems aren’t collecting race data. Others won’t disclose it. Experts say these are big mistakes.
Coronavirus May 18
Opposition to stay-at-home orders is the latest example of a history of powerful sheriffs, which stretches back to the end of slavery and the settling of the frontier.
Coronavirus May 2
Among the many incarcerated people who have died from COVID-19 was Marshall Project contributor Timothy Bazrowx, one of Texas' best chroniclers of prison life.
Coronavirus April 16
Some relatives can’t claim bodies or hold funerals amid COVID-19 restrictions.
Coronavirus April 3
The case of Patrick Jones, the first federal prisoner to die from COVID-19, epitomizes national debates about criminal justice reform.