The Marshall Project
Nonprofit journalism about criminal justice
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February 27, 2020
Welcome to ‘The Zo’
Where prison guards’ favorite tactic is messing with your head.
and narrated by
Michael K. Williams
February 6, 2020
From the Inside Looking Out
When you’re in prison, outside sights and sounds can become cruel jokes.
January 30, 2020
Game of Phones
In a prison where 200 men share eight phones, making back-to-back calls is like challenging the guy behind you to a duel.
Olethus Hill Jr.
January 23, 2020
How I Finally Learned That Trauma Does Not Define Me
“It can be exhausting to tell and retell your painful story just to get people to listen to you about other things.”
January 9, 2020
Fighting Time When You’re Doing Time
“Time has made it abundantly clear that my ability to exercise patience—or not to—doesn’t sway it in the least.”
Michael E. Gaston
April 5, 2018
Silencing Arthur Longworth
A prizewinning writer is punished for acting like a free man.
September 21, 2017
Confronting the Truth About My Friend on Death Row
No matter what, I don't think he should die.
August 10, 2017
What I Learned From the Neo-Nazi in My Prison Book Club
An inmate who grew up worshipping Hitler forces a reading group facilitator to challenge her own beliefs.
April 13, 2017
After 20 Years in Prison, All I Can Write Is Fantasy
An inmate, his typewriter and dreams of the Internet.
October 25, 2016
Does the First Amendment End at the Prison Gate?
An inmate’s novel is the latest test.