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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.

Public health officials in at least six states hope to administer COVID-19 vaccines during the first phase of the federal government’s rollout. Officials in other states have prisoners slated for the second round of vaccines. All of these decisions are infused with political calculations. Read more.

More on living and working conditions

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

Officials let down their guard as the virus seemed to ebb, and began allowing transfers of people between prisons again. That seems to have helped cause a surge of new COVID-19 positives behind bars. Read more.

More on accountability

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

All coronavirus coverage

Coronavirus January 14
The Marshall Project is collecting data on COVID-19 infections in state and federal prisons. See how the virus has affected correctional facilities where you live.
Coronavirus January 8
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.
News December 23, 2020
Citizens who filed taxes with an undocumented immigrant can now receive stimulus payments.
News December 21, 2020
Ohio guard members patrolling inside prisons trained for a fraction of the 5 weeks required of correction officers.
Coronavirus December 21, 2020
As COVID-19 infections soar, prisoners and corrections officers worry that transferring people between facilities is causing outbreaks.
Coronavirus December 18, 2020
Even as the first Americans begin to receive vaccines, the spread of coronavirus behind bars shows no sign of slowing.
Feature December 15, 2020
Filing taxes with an undocumented immigrant means the whole family loses out on payment.
News December 13
But many Texas prisons don’t have working fire alarms.
Life Inside December 3
The racial slurs, dumb comments and news reports of hate violence have me on edge.
News December 3, 2020
Public health experts urge making them a priority—but some push back.