Search About Support Us
Recent stories from The Marshall Project.
Feature June 21
New data shows legalization leads to fewer encounters between cops and drivers, but racial disparities remain.
Feature June 6
Left and right came together on criminal justice reform. Then Trump happened.
Feature June 3
How your ugly booking photos (and Tiger’s) became a commodity for cops, hustlers and journalists.
Feature May 31
When autism, child pornography and the courts collide.
Feature May 22
Katie's father went to prison for raping her and her brothers. It was an unthinkable crime that broke her family apart. So why couldn't she remember it?
Feature May 15
For the lives ruined, for justice denied, sorry.
Feature April 16
What happens when juries decide to tie one on.
Feature March 30
Many veterans make careers in policing. Some bring war home.
Feature March 22
Eight young men and the murder story that sent them away for life
Feature March 9
How California's pay-to-stay jails create a two-tiered justice system.
Feature January 3
Researching lynching cold cases, law students restore history.
Feature December 12
Welcome to Stewart Detention Center, the black hole of the immigration system.
Feature December 7
Judges have uniquely uncommon power in the state.
Feature December 6
Medicaid for ex-prisoners saves money and lives, but millions are released without it.
Feature November 15
Prisoners describe a rampage by correctional officers in a New York prison.
Feature October 26
In this federal prison, inmates have a choice: live with a violent cellmate or end up in shackles.
Feature October 6
A system that can link gun crimes through shell casings is hobbled by skepticism and lack of manpower.
Feature September 28
Violent crime is up in some places, but is it really a trend?
Feature September 14
Applicants said the country's largest state university system discriminated against former prison inmates. Now, the schools have decided to 'ban the box'.
Feature September 9
Meet Rhonda Covington, the one-woman office.
Feature September 8
Louisiana judges are finding some unexpected substitutes for underfunded defenders.
Feature September 7
Massive caseloads, long wait lists, group plea deals, and other realities of a funding crisis.
Feature July 22
Lost in America’s deportation bureaucracy.
Feature July 13
At a painful time, a roundup of proposed remedies
Feature July 6
Tens of thousands of people every year are packed into vans run by for-profit companies with almost no oversight.
Feature July 4
Giving strange new life to old penitentiaries.
Feature June 28
How Renea Royster gives prisoners access to the digital world.
Feature June 28
I grew up idolizing my brother. Then he killed a man.
Feature June 26
Books about criminal justice, curated by The Marshall Project staff.
Feature May 24
A radical new interrogation technique is transforming the art of detective work: Shut up and let the suspect do the talking.
Feature May 4
David Clarke, the Trump-loving, pro-mass-incarceration Fox News favorite, is challenging criminal-justice reform—and stereotypes.
Feature April 12
How loved ones bear the hidden cost of shipping inmates out of state.
Feature April 6
Your guide to the criminal justice system.
Feature March 24
Imagine living in a cell that’s smaller than a parking space — with a homicidal roommate.
Feature February 28
Listening in on watercooler chatter online.
Feature February 12
Black Lives Matter took center stage in 2015’s hip-hop and R&B.
Feature February 3
In the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, St. Louis cops embrace crime-predicting software.
Feature February 2
Kahton Anderson and the raging raise-the-age debate.
Feature January 27
Jhon Sanchez already served his time for a series of sex offenses he committed when he was 13. But he’s not free yet. Inside the world of civil commitment.
Feature January 15
A look at Clinton, Sanders and O’Malley in their fourth debate.
Feature January 14
Their sixth debate is in Charleston, a city still recovering from last year’s church killings.
Feature January 7
New programs are easing inmates out of years of solitary confinement with surprising outcomes for both prisoners and corrections officers.
Feature January 4
At 16, Taurus Buchanan threw one deadly punch—and was sent away for life. Will the Supreme Court give him, and hundreds like him, a chance at freedom?
Feature December 16
An 18-year-old said she was attacked at knifepoint. Then she said she made it up. That’s where our story begins.
Feature December 10
From prison pups to personal trainers with rap sheets.
Feature November 11
Isolation rooms and paddling: What some schools in the South are doing to keep students in line.
Feature October 23
A one-on-one interview with the president.
Feature October 18
New regulations would give parents in prison the right to pause child support payments, but opponents say it undercuts welfare reform.
Feature October 16
Meet the elite chiefs who revolutionized policing nationwide, for better and for worse. Now they want to do it again.
Feature September 27
Corrections officials say he injured an inmate and lied about it. He’s still a state employee. He’s more the rule than the exception.
Feature September 25
Germany allows inmates to wear their own clothes, cook their own meals, and have romantic visits. Could that work in the United States?
Feature September 23
From liquids that smell like dead animals to high-temperature heat rays, the present and future of non-lethal weapons.
Feature September 21
You are about to enter Philadelphia’s largest jail. Here is what you should know.
Feature September 18
Tracking scheduled executions around the country.
Feature September 8
Why people are using sites like Yelp to vent and offer tips about prison and jail.
Feature August 4
Should prison sentences be based on crimes that haven’t been committed yet?
Feature July 29
Before there was a conservative push for reform, there was ‘Bev’ Lake.
Feature July 10
Inside the secretive world of parole boards, where your freedom may depend on politics and whim.
Feature July 9
Can the Abel Assessment tell if you're a potential child-molester?
Feature July 2
What comes after mass incarceration? Local incarceration.
Feature June 28
From the people who live and work there.
Feature June 24
How a proven tool may be anything but.
Feature June 22
Pat Nolan and a movement that may have found its moment.
Feature June 17
Why did this undocumented woman spend more than four years in detention?
Feature June 17
In Texas, staffers rarely go to jail for sexually abusing inmates.
Feature June 11
What happens when prisoners go from complete isolation to complete freedom in a day?
Feature June 9
Missouri keeps killing Jennifer Herndon’s clients. So she invented an alternate life.
Feature June 3
An immigration trend changes the face of corrections.
Feature June 1
Three states, three ways to kill a human being.
Feature May 26
As the Justice Department pushes reform, some changes don't last.
Feature May 13
We talk to the man who became our national nightmare. Thirty years later, does he still matter?
Feature April 15
A doula offers a little comfort for a birth behind bars.
Feature April 11
California looks to halfway houses, finds a company cited for violence and escapes.
Feature April 7
The man who was accidentally released from prison 88 years early.
Feature March 30
A closer look at the Sunshine State’s history of undercounting, or altogether ignoring, sexual abuse in its prisons.
Feature March 24
Advice from America’s prison coaches.
Feature March 18
Three days in Room 19E2, Bellevue Hospital.
Feature March 9
More questions about the Willingham case.
Feature March 6
Skipping school is a problem. But why is it a crime?
Feature February 28
A savage beating, a culture “beyond repair.”
Feature February 25
What happens when you throw a teenager into an adult prison? Guess.
Feature February 23
The bail industry wants to be your jailer.
Feature February 20
Two new safety videos aim to protect New York inmates from prison rape.
Feature February 6
Is entrepreneurship the way from prison to prosperity?
Feature February 2
Notes from a Boston courtroom.
Feature December 22
The very sleep-deprived life of a corrections officer.
Feature December 17
The public supports it, but the costs are lethal.
Feature December 11
Judicial elections have gotten ugly. That’s bad news for defendants.
Feature December 10
The lawyers favor acquittal.
Feature December 3
Bellying up to the arsenal.
Feature November 25
A closer look at the Ohio city that everyone is touting as the model of police-community harmony.
Feature November 16
When lawyers stumble, only their clients fall.
Feature November 15
How bad lawyering and an unforgiving law cost condemned men their last appeal.
Feature October 6
Junior Smith was a troubled kid who needed help. Instead, West Virginia sent him to jail.
Feature August 3
Did Texas execute an innocent man?