The Marshall Project
Nonprofit journalism about criminal justice
A nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system
The Next to Die
We Are Witnesses
Politics and Reform
News & Awards
Coronavirus Leaves Foster Children With Nowhere to Go
New placements, family visits and child-abuse investigations falter across the country.
The Hidden Trauma of “Short Stays” in Foster Care
Every year, thousands of children are removed from their homes by officials who fear for their safety—only to be returned within days. It “felt like being kidnapped,” one said.
September 25, 2019
He Didn’t Abuse His Daughter. The State Took Her Anyway.
An unwed father hopes his case will change the way courts decide what it means to be a parent.
December 3, 2018
How Incarcerated Parents Are Losing Their Children Forever
Being stripped of parental rights while in prison, even for minor crimes, is “the family separation crisis that no one knows about,” one advocate said.
March 13, 2017
Surviving Foster Care: 2 Brothers, 2 Different Paths
A stint in juvenile detention excluded one from the financial support that automatically went to the other.
December 16, 2015
An Unbelievable Story of Rape
An 18-year-old said she was attacked at knifepoint. Then she said she made it up. That’s where our story begins.
T. Christian Miller
May 26, 2015
Raised, and Imprisoned, by the State
A prisoner and former foster child on the kids he knew — and the inmates they became.