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Stories about, and excerpts from, the history of criminal justice.
Looking Back September 14
The infamous 1971 prison revolt ended with a bloody police siege. We retell the story, minute-by-minute.
Looking Back January 26
In an excerpt from his new book, ‘Let the Lord Sort Them,’ Marshall Project staff writer Maurice Chammah explains where a 1970s legal team fighting the death penalty went wrong.
Looking Back January 26
Some experts hope Eric Lander, the president’s choice for new science adviser, will crack down on bad forensics in courtrooms.
Looking Back August 19, 2019
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.
Looking Back April 9, 2019
It’s been nearly 25 years since Michigan adopted a controversial visitation policy. Families have been fighting it ever since.
Looking Back September 5, 2018
Portland’s first female chief, Penny Harrington, recalls the steep climb to the top.
Looking Back June 24, 2018
Every law student knows John Brady’s name. But few know the story of the bumbling murder that ended in a landmark legal ruling.
Looking Back May 28, 2018
How the most notorious gangster of all got railroaded in Philadelphia.
Looking Back March 1, 2018
How a landmark report on the 1960s race riots fell short on police reform
Looking Back December 20, 2016
An extraordinary story of justice done, and what came after.