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News May 22
Congress and criminal justice, a scorecard
News May 1
The goals of the effort are trickling down, even if the money isn’t.
Thelton Henderson transformed California’s criminal justice system. Now comes the backlash.
Quiz December 20, 2017
How well do you remember 2017’s biggest stories?
News December 7, 2017
Awakening Evangelicals to an “outrageous” system.
Commentary December 1, 2017
The process that sent a teenage sex-trafficking victim to prison for life didn’t fail. It worked as it was designed to.
News November 2, 2017
“Fat chance!” is giving way to “Well, maybe…”
News October 31, 2017
Some American prisons are singing a European tune.
Feature October 26, 2017
The American criminal justice system consists of 2.2 million people behind bars, plus tens of millions of family members, corrections and police officers, parolees, victims of crime, judges, prosecutors and defenders.
Commentary October 25, 2017
Experts weigh in on whether algorithms have a place in our criminal justice system.
Analysis July 19, 2017
What Washington can learn from the states.
Feature June 6, 2017
Left and right came together on criminal justice reform. Then Trump happened.
Commentary May 30, 2017
It’s a building full of prosecutors.
Commentary May 2, 2017
There are criminal justice actors more powerful than prosecutors.
News April 23, 2017
But the number is probably far higher, Marshall Project survey shows.
News April 14, 2017
Thousands of juveniles could still head right to adult court.
Analysis February 9, 2017
Or at least misleading, says this contrarian scholar. Here’s why it matters.
Analysis January 31, 2017
Trump’s nominee has the ideology without the temper.
Commentary January 24, 2017
Lesson One: Don’t make policies when emotions are running high.
Commentary January 19, 2017
Listen to Pence, Carson, Priebus, Kushner — and look out your window.
Commentary January 18, 2017
End overcriminalization, reward success, pay attention to the heroin crisis.
Commentary January 17, 2017
Focus on intent, tailor the punishment to the crime, prepare prisoners for life after incarceration.
Q&A January 2, 2017
“There are thousands of innocent people in prison serving long sentences for crimes committed by others.”
Commentary December 22, 2016
Some of the best work from across the country.
Commentary December 21, 2016
In-depth investigations, insightful features and one story to give us hope.
Analysis December 16, 2016
Four reasons a bipartisan bill has a better chance than you think
News December 14, 2016
A national field trip to Incarceration Nation, under the shadow of Donald Trump
Crime on the Ballot November 9, 2016
From early release to bail reform, reform efforts gain some ground.
Crime on the Ballot November 9, 2016
Reform-minded candidates unseat incumbents in some races.
Crime on the Ballot November 9, 2016
There’s a new sheriff in town.
Commentary October 28, 2016
How New York City Cut Crime and Incarceration at the Same Time
Justice Lab October 27, 2016
Science — and law enforcement — are rethinking young adults.
Analysis September 29, 2016
Obama and Newt Gingrich. Koch Industries and the ACLU. With friends like that, how could it lose?
News and Awards September 20, 2016
A video exploration of our criminal justice system.
News August 10, 2016
A close look at the “executive actions” that the sweep of a pen could end.
Analysis August 8, 2016
Blame the good guys.
Commentary July 31, 2016
A call for criminal justice reform.
Analysis July 29, 2016
A closer look at crime rates and how people really feel about police.
Quiz July 24, 2016
Take our quiz on which criminal penalties remain in force.
Commentary July 17, 2016
While the feds fiddle, some locals are innovating.
Feature July 13, 2016
At a painful time, a roundup of proposed remedies
Commentary July 6, 2016
Don’t overlook local jails.
Feature June 26, 2016
Books about criminal justice, curated by The Marshall Project staff.
Justice Talk May 30, 2016
We’re talking all about mental illness and justice during our next Justice Talk with Digg, on Wednesday, June 1. For context, browse our guide to key reading on the issue.
Commentary April 18, 2016
From David Simon's Baltimore anguish to elite police fraternities to teens behind bars.
Analysis March 9, 2016
A new report looks at recidivism among inmates released from federal prisons.
Justice Talk February 21, 2016
Our first discussion will be Wednesday, Feb. 24, on how the police predict crime.
Q&A February 17, 2016
‘There was nothing I could do with him being in there.’
Analysis February 12, 2016
The vaunted bipartisan drive to enact federal criminal justice reform is not quite dead. But its pulse is faint.
Q&A January 20, 2016
Not hardly. But he’s for rolling back the war on drugs, ending mass incarceration, and letting former convicts vote.
Commentary January 11, 2016
What the left and right got wrong about crime in 2015.
News January 4, 2016
A law practice finds thousands whose sentences could be affected by Miller v. Alabama
Commentary December 15, 2015
A new tool drills down on hidden incarceration rates.
News December 2, 2015
Chicago’s chief became a political liability.
Justice Lab November 18, 2015
The race gap for adults is shrinking. Why is it widening for juveniles?
Commentary October 23, 2015
Other voices from the criminal justice community weigh in.
Commentary October 23, 2015
Measure what really matters.
Analysis October 21, 2015
Is this the beginning — or the end?
Commentary October 15, 2015
Step one: let’s find out if it works.
Commentary October 5, 2015
It’s time to take these cases away from local prosecutors.
Commentary September 4, 2015
(And the same goes for the “Ferguson Effect.”)
Commentary September 3, 2015
People from across the political spectrum suggest criminal justice reforms the president should enact during his remaining time in office.
Analysis July 15, 2015
A closer look at the president’s speech on criminal justice reform.
Analysis July 13, 2015
But Congress is the place to watch.
Analysis June 26, 2015
As his rivals ease up, one candidate hangs tough
Analysis June 25, 2015
Lessons from education reform on transforming an expensive, ineffective system.
News May 14, 2015
A shooting death spotlights Wisconsin’s legacy of police reform.
Justice Lab March 20, 2015
Why people age out of crime, and what it could mean for how long we put them away.
Commentary March 19, 2015
Georgia has become the laboratory of criminal justice reform.
Commentary March 16, 2015
Four ways prosecutors can improve their decision-making.
Commentary March 13, 2015
Governor Cuomo’s compromise leaves too many children behind.
Commentary February 20, 2015
The odd-couple alliance on justice reform is not as odd as it seems.
Commentary February 18, 2015
A social worker’s take on the misery of probation.
Q&A December 1, 2014
A couple of Harvard guys aim to find out.
News November 17, 2014
Crowded cells, aging inmates, soaring costs.