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
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Stories about, and excerpts from, the history of criminal justice.
August 19, 2019
In Sickness, In Health—and In Prison
A Nebraska couple fighting to marry behind bars wouldn’t be the first: Three decades ago, two prisoners took their bid to marry all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
April 9, 2019
When Prisons Cut Off Visits—Indefinitely
It’s been nearly 25 years since Michigan adopted a controversial visitation policy. Families have been fighting it ever since.
September 5, 2018
A Police Pioneer on Her Unfinished Business
Portland’s first female chief, Penny Harrington, recalls the steep climb to the top.
June 24, 2018
“An Odd, Almost Senseless Series of Events”
Every law student knows John Brady’s name. But few know the story of the bumbling murder that ended in a landmark legal ruling.
Thomas L. Dybdahl
May 28, 2018
Defending Al Capone
How the most notorious gangster of all got railroaded in Philadelphia.
March 1, 2018
The Kerner Omission
How a landmark report on the 1960s race riots fell short on police reform
December 20, 2016
Homer and Harold
An extraordinary story of justice done, and what came after.
September 14, 2016
The Riot and the Retaking
Reliving the infamous Attica prison revolt and the bloody siege, minute-by-minute, in the social media age
July 8, 2016
Bill Clinton’s Dissident
On criminal justice, Abner Mikva was about 20 years early.
May 30, 2016
The Real Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Had a Father in Prison
And he played drums in a prison band.