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Our Reporting on Coronavirus

Coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, criminal justice and immigration.

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People who live and work in the justice system face unique challenges.

Over the last year, we corresponded with incarcerated people in prisons across the country. We asked artists to illustrate four of their stories as they wrote in grim detail about their lives in lockdown, the outbreaks that sickened them and the isolation and fear they felt as the death toll around them mounted. Read more.

More on living and working conditions

We’re watching how the criminal justice system responds to the crisis.

One reason why so few federal prisoners get adequate medical care is that top officials at the Bureau of Prisons responsible for health care lack basic medical training and experience. The problem is not limited to the federal system. Prisons across the country are similarly understaffed or led by professionals with dubious qualifications. Read more.

More on accountability

We’re tracking and explaining the data behind the disaster.

All coronavirus coverage

Coronavirus July 1
As COVID-19 spread earlier this year, prison facilities across the country suspended visits from family and lawyers. Several months into the pandemic, some states are easing those restrictions. We’re rounding up the changes as they occur.
July 1
When coronavirus hit federal prisons, the top officials had no health care experience.
Coronavirus June 30
People who live and work in prisons worry they remain vulnerable, even as life behind bars returns to business as usual.
Feature June 29
During the pandemic, prison officials could have prevented sickness and death by releasing those who were most vulnerable to coronavirus and least likely to reoffend — older incarcerated people.
Coronavirus June 24
The Marshall Project and The Associated Press collected data on COVID-19 infections in state and federal prisons every week. See how the virus affected correctional facilities near you.
News June 11
As the pandemic worsened inside federal prisons, officials granted fewer releases.
News June 7
Judges, prosecutors and sheriffs in many states sent people home instead of to jail last year, but new data suggests the change is not lasting.
Inside Story May 14
The second episode of The Marshall Project’s new video series, designed for audiences inside and outside of prison, reflects on how the COVID-19 vaccine has been received in lockups.
Feature April 23
At the start of the pandemic, we asked four incarcerated people to chronicle daily life with the coronavirus. Here, they reveal what they witnessed and how they coped with the chaos, fear, isolation and deaths.
Coronavirus April 14
During the pandemic, video chats replaced in-person visits between parents and their children placed in foster care. The effects could linger for years.