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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.

Federal prison officials approved fewer compassionate release requests while the coronavirus surged through their facilities than they did the previous year, new records confirm. The Bureau of Prisons approved just 36 requests from March 2020 through April 2021 — despite receiving nearly 31,000 applications. Read more.

More on accountability

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

All coronavirus coverage

News June 11
As the pandemic worsened inside federal prisons, officials granted fewer releases.
Coronavirus June 10
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.
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.
Coronavirus May 3
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.
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.
Coronavirus April 6
Despite CDC advice to vaccinate prisoners quickly, two-thirds of states lag behind the general population.
News Inside March 17
Getting News Inside into prisons and jails isn’t easy during the COVID-19 pandemic, but we remain committed to putting lifesaving information in your hands.
News Inside March 2
Over 100 incarcerated people around the country told us their questions about the vaccine. Here’s information about whether it’s safe, when it could be available and more.