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One Year Later: The Pandemic Behind Bars
Many Juvenile Jails Are Now Almost Entirely Filled With Young People of Color
Thousands of kids were freed from juvenile detention during the pandemic. They were more likely to be White, data shows.
June 15, 2020
Is Child Abuse Really Rising During The Pandemic?
Amid speculation of a spike in abuse, advocates worry that families of color will be policed even more.
June 8, 2018
The Hardest Lesson on Tier 2C
Can a violent adult jail teach kids to love school?
June 7, 2018
The Inside Story of a Legendary Prison Debate Team
Our victories over college students weren’t just for us—they were for incarcerated people everywhere.
By Daniel S. Throop
May 24, 2018
I Followed My Mom to Prison and to a Degree
“This is the path my life had to take so I could be strong.”
, as told to
April 5, 2018
Finding College by Way of Prison
“Taking classes helped me forget that I wasn’t free.”
, as told to
March 28, 2018
The Uncertain Fate of College in Prison
Obama revived Pell grants for prisoners, but the program faces a cloudy future.
September 21, 2017
Making Sense of Senseless Violence
A Harvard sociologist on a recent story from The Marshall Project and the ways violence begets more violence.
September 14, 2017
The Taxpayers and Michelle Jones
How her prison education saved us a million bucks
September 13, 2017
From Prison to Ph.D.: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones
In prison for 20 years, Michelle was chosen for Harvard's elite graduate history program. Then she was unchosen.