The Marshall Project
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April 8, 2020
Trump Administration Tells Some Business Owners “Do Not Apply” for Coronavirus Loans
SBA says people with criminal records aren't eligible for some emergency loans, even though experts say the law doesn't exclude them.
November 13, 2018
The Inspiring Life and Career of Devah Pager
An appreciation of the Harvard sociologist who meticulously documented racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.
November 27, 2017
How Do You Clear a Pot Conviction From Your Record?
It depends on where you live. (Californians, you’re in luck.)
Lee V. Gaines
September 10, 2017
A Decades-Old Conviction Cost Me My Post-Retirement Job
A mistake from a Dallas grandmother’s past reared its ugly head when she least expected it.
October 2, 2016
How Can a Criminal Record Haunt You for the Rest of Your Life?
Take our quiz to find out.
May 31, 2016
Want to Clear Your Record? It’ll Cost You $450
In Tennessee and other states, former felons can’t always afford it.
February 4, 2016
Six States Where Felons Can’t Get Food Stamps
Few holdouts remain, as drug-war-era bans on benefits are lifted.
September 17, 2015
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Clearing Your Record
A primer on the complicated road to expungement.
March 17, 2015
Forgiving vs. Forgetting
For offenders seeking a new life, a new redemption tool.