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News February 14
Sometimes justice is just weird.
News February 12
Suggestions from the people who know juvenile detention best.
News February 5
A California law offers a way for states to reshape troubled departments.
News February 5
Your guide to becoming a source
News February 2
A filmmaker spends a year inside a Virginia supermax facility.
News January 25
Away from Washington, a new breed of prosecutors takes first steps.
News January 18
Two commutations this week was less than many had hoped for.
News January 18
Some deportees gain, too, but no one knows how many are affected.
News January 16
The question is trickier than you’d think for police, and the courts, to answer.
News January 5
A ‘60s radical faces very different political atmosphere than her co-defendant did a decade ago.
News December 20
In the last days of the Obama administration, regulators quietly ease the child support burden on parents in prison.
News December 14
A national field trip to Incarceration Nation, under the shadow of Donald Trump
News December 12
Testing the reliability of video analysis.
News December 7
It is the latest call for an investigation of the for-profit extradition industry.
News November 29
With Trump’s pledge to deport millions, bail hearings become an even bigger issue.
News November 18
From police to prosecutions to prisons, the AG holds wide sway.
News November 15
More than $19 million spent on campaigns for top court seats in 27 states.
News November 9
The president-elect may soon upend an Obama-era police reform tactic.
News October 25
An inmate’s novel is the latest test.
News October 23
Five Texas inmates say what they’d do differently.
News October 5
Legislators won’t touch the subject, but courts are proving more sympathetic.
News October 3
Police want a sample. They can do it the easy way, or they can do it the hard way.
News September 29
A new docu-series, ‘America Divided,’ explores inequality, issue by issue.
News September 27
But in South Carolina, making the juvenile system more humane will be much harder.
News September 27
Prisoners can be forced to work without pay — the Constitution says so.
News September 27
Collected from around the web by Marshall Project staff.
News September 22
In a year of inaction, a bill that changes the way we treat juveniles makes some headway.
News September 22
A fund is designated to train, pay and advise American defense lawyers.
News September 21
Amid a current prison work stoppage, here are five strikes and how they turned out.
News September 20
In Chicago and elsewhere, rookies are cannon fodder while vets police the safer neighborhoods.
News September 13
A federal statute from the Carter era favors negotiation, but that can take a long time.
News September 6
A strict new policy begins after "a security violation".
News August 25
A new book brings attention to the deadly 1971 prison uprising. Reporters for The New York Times and The Marshall Project describe what has changed since then, and what hasn’t.
News August 23
They’re using charity to set poor defendants free.
News August 21
Many states bar dangerous rituals, but little seems to change.
News August 18
With the feds cutting back, the companies are down but not out.
News August 16
Advocates seek more independence from police involvement.
News August 10
A close look at the “executive actions” that the sweep of a pen could end.
News August 9
A proposed deal between Prisoner Transportation Services and its closest rival is delayed after an objection is filed.
News August 5
The moves by Prisoner Transportation Services come a month after a Marshall Project story.
News July 27
“We have far too much imperialism in the chief executive.”
News July 27
Only if you look at very limited data.
News July 25
A lot of those guns come from neighboring Indiana, the state his running mate leads.
News July 20
We may never know, because “it is so easy to fall through the cracks.”
News July 12
Her pledge to lawmakers comes after a Marshall Project investigation into deaths and abuses in the industry.
News July 12
Officers seize on the latest craze for fun — and plenty of safety tips.
News July 8
Collected from around the web by Marshall Project staff.
News July 8
Collected from around the web by Marshall Project staff.
News June 29
A star of reality TV, Beth Chapman takes on those who say money bail is unfair.
News June 22
When being innocent isn’t enough, you need Jon Eldan.
News June 21
An attempt to find out confronts a frayed patchwork of data across the country.
News June 19
Some defense lawyers have learned to specialize in the realm of excess.
News June 9
For decades, California prosecutors covered up unethical deals with jailhouse informers.
News June 7
A high-profile sexual-assault case provokes demands for pulling the judge off the bench, but such a remedy is rare.
News May 31
In Tennessee and other states, former felons can’t always afford it.
News May 19
The high court has said most kids shouldn't be sentenced to life without parole, but some prisoners' fate are in the hands of politics.
News May 6
Milwaukee’s David Clarke is the latest in a long line of controversy-courting lawmen
News May 2
Some suspect “implicit bias” is not just a problem for police, prosecutors, and judges.
News April 28
Over the last 40 years, reversals have become commonplace.
News April 14
A new policy in Texas limits inmates’ access to social media, creating a First Amendment conundrum.
News April 11
For decades, New York state’s corrections officers union has held the power in disciplinary decisions.
News April 5
Operating under federal oversight, officers will be scrutinized for how they use force.
News March 30
An attempt to further level out crack cocaine sentencing disparities.
News March 29
Rules from 2012 are too often ignored, advocates say.
News March 29
A new report says care varies widely between Louisiana’s jails and prisons.
News March 16
After voters oust two prosecutors for failing to hold police accountable, maybe.
News March 3
They’re harsh, dangerous and isolated — and may be around for a while.
News February 25
“An Anatomy of Doubt,” a young woman’s story of rape and redemption, debuts Friday.
News February 22
Corrections facilities are ground zero for treating hepatitis C — but at a cost.
News February 16
The work is based on years of letters between Julia Steele Allen and Sara Fonseca.
News February 9
Target of legislation is sex-traffickers; critics call it a ‘scarlet letter.’
News February 4
Few holdouts remain, as drug-war-era bans on benefits are lifted.
News February 2
Texas tackles debunked forensics.
News January 28
The ACLU takes the cash-poor agency to court to force the cash-poor legislature to pay.
News January 27
A field trip to California’s oldest prison.
News January 27
Three inmates had a 16-hour head start after fleeing lock-up that had ‘poor supervision.'
News January 25
The Montgomery ruling says juveniles sentenced to life without parole must get a shot at a new sentence or parole.
News January 25
Brush your teeth, sit up straight, and prepare for disappointment.
News January 19
Jail time increasingly gives way to residential programs.
News January 7
Prohibitions exist, but almost no enforcement.
News January 5
Perhaps because he’s been here before.
News January 5
“My testimony sent an innocent person to prison…. I absolutely wanted the earth to swallow me.”
News January 4
A law practice finds thousands whose sentences could be affected by Miller v. Alabama
News December 28
A 5-year turnaround is cited as a model of prevention.
News December 24
A note on the joys of collaboration
News December 23
It’s not true that prisoners get released during the holidays
News December 22
The Louisville jail holds an annual competition to bring cheer to a tough time of year
News December 20
Under pressure, New York says it will better track correctional officers
News December 18
It depends on who is counting, and what they count.
News December 18
“An Unbelievable Story of Rape” by The Marshall Project and ProPublica underscored the need for improving rape investigations. Here’s how.
News December 18
A roundup of clips and one-liners from one of the most vocal critics of our prison system.
News December 17
A Marshall Project reading list.
News December 16
A roundup of interviews and documents.
News December 15
The Laquan McDonald killing was preceded by years of documented violence.
News December 14
For 20 years, Burl Cain both punished and preached.
News December 14
Why hasn’t President Obama freed more prisoners? Maybe that’s the wrong question.
News December 11
‘I never thought people would care.’
News December 9
Journalists Liliana Segura, Gabriel Dance and Maurice Chammah took your questions about the death penalty and criminal justice reporting. Here are some of the highlights.
News December 9
Researchers think turning more vacant lots green might work.
News December 7
Join us for a chat on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. about the state of the death penalty in 2015, and what's to come in 2016
News December 4
“It keeps replaying on a loop: you smell it and see it and hear it.”
News December 2
Chicago’s chief became a political liability.
News November 24
Treating Hep C isn’t cheap, but experts say it’s cost-effective.
News November 19
Supporters rally around a more efficient system of execution.
News November 13
When raising money the old-fashioned way just won’t do.
News November 12
‘Is there any better way than money’?
News November 11
For registered sex offenders in California, quite a lot.
News November 10
Prodded by lawsuits, one jail moves to curb fetal deaths.
News November 6
A widespread heroin problem could open the door to a once-radical idea.
News November 3
An expensive, tough-on-crime race tests the current system.
News October 28
A lack of evidence doesn’t stop cities from rounding up sexual offenders on the holiday.
News October 26
Inside Utah’s troubled indigent defense system.
News October 22
Editor-in-Chief Bill Keller moderates a White House talk with law enforcement leaders.
News October 21
Join the conversation by submitting your question for President Obama.
News October 21
New group backs bipartisan proposals to ease drug sentencing, solitary confinement.
News October 20
Amid abuse charges, union acts to ‘protect our officers.’
News October 19
The debate over the federal ‘residual clause.’
News October 9
A profile of the 6,000.
News October 8
Three prisons were ordered to provide transgender health care. Three prisoners were suddenly set free.
News October 6
In North Carolina case on racial profiling, U.S. suffers its first loss.
News October 1
Alec Karakatsanis’s quest to stop courts from punishing poor people who can’t pay their fees.
News October 1
Sidestepping the issue since his days as mayor of Burlington.
News September 22
New study places a quarter of the sentences in a handful of urban areas.
News September 17
A primer on the complicated road to expungement.
News September 16
An effective way to curb behavior, or ‘an extreme form of restraint’?
News September 14
Can you really trust an informant who’s been arrested in 43 states?
News September 10
An Alabama man, wrongfully convicted, overcomes a judicial override to gain his freedom.
News September 4
A confession, a threat—it’s probably taped. And admissible.
News August 31
Defense lawyers call it a crisis; the state says it’s just doing its job.
News August 28
A grassroots effort aims to restore what the legislature just ended.
News August 27
Finding new ways to treat the growing pool of older, ailing inmates.
News August 26
An appeals lawyer who has represented more than a half-dozen men put to death in Missouri faces questions about her competency.
News August 23
Barehanded, inmates are ordered to grip a metal fence in 10-degree weather.
News August 18
Another death penalty case, another accusation of misconduct.
News August 17
In New York, darkened car windows lead to more police encounters than stop and frisk.
News August 14
For frustrated police, it’s a quick fix but no solution.
News August 13
How other states dealt with their death rows after killing capital punishment.
News August 10
A California case may decide.
News August 10
Getting caught in a speed trap in a small Louisiana town.
News August 7
Postscript on the travails of a teenage sex offender.
News August 7
How a Tennessee judge ensured that an accused cop-killer would not go free.
News August 5
The evolving state of voting rights for prisoners.
News August 4
A new report and a growing phenomenon.
News July 30
But will politics eventually trump cost and data?
News July 23
New, retroactive sentencing guidelines begin to kick in.
News July 22
It’s not just black men who matter.
News July 22
And it has nothing to do with the arrest itself.
News July 13
The drug use that plagues the state now haunts its cellblocks.
News July 10
For example: Most states don’t require board members to have any experience with the criminal justice system.
News July 8
But the new program would not have helped Kalief Browder.
News July 7
Seven facts about rape.
News July 2
In tracking deaths by police, the tech world might beat Uncle Sam.
News July 1
When cigarettes are outlawed, only outlaws have cigarettes.
News July 1
Expunged arrest records, and new jobs for police dogs.
News June 29
Are U.S. drug companies against the death penalty? Sort of.
News June 25
Age restriction would be toughest in the nation.
News June 25
A case so messy one judge says it’s an argument for abolishing the death penalty.
News June 22
Columbia students rally to get their school to divest from private prison companies.
News June 22
Selected news and comment from this morning’s Opening Statement.
News June 22
How Germany does prison, day five.
News June 19
Dylann Roof and the challenges of proving bias.
News June 19
Inside the German prison system, day four.
News June 17
A Minnesota sex-offender program is under fire. How long can the state hold people for crimes they have not yet committed?
News June 17
Blank stares and culture shock. How Germany does prison, day two.
News June 16
Americans on a mind-boggling incarceration road trip. Day One.
News June 16
As states loosen marijuana laws, the consequences for noncitizens remain as strict as ever.
News June 11
It’s not just the big profits and dead inmates.
News June 10
More and more, police are told to leave that to Hollywood.
News June 9
A system that kept a teenager in Rikers for three years.
News June 8
Or is it junk science?
News June 5
In Mississippi prisons last year, half the officers quit.
News June 3
States are raising the age of who counts as an adult, but it’s no simple task.
News June 2
The rule says no solitary for kids. The staff finds a loophole.
News May 27
When the test of innocence is withheld.
News May 26
A new report could have a big impact on New York’s prison population — if anyone pays attention.
News May 21
A new Texas governor, a new policy on prison rape.
News May 20
For those who weren’t around in “the bad old days.”
News May 20
How many years make a life sentence for a teenager?
News May 19
Is it time to dismantle the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives?
News May 17
Justice Department to study brutality in troubled prison.
News May 15
A closer look at the three federal inmates who have been executed since the 1960s.
News May 15
Like many states, the feds have trouble getting the killer drugs.
News May 15
Why Michigan prisoners aren't taking a video about prison rape seriously.
News May 15
Today marks the deadline for states to comply with prison rape laws. The results? More are, some may not be, and most just want an extension.
News May 14
A shooting death spotlights Wisconsin’s legacy of police reform.
News May 14
... die a (probably) painless death or live 50 years in solitary?
News May 12
With jails filling up, right to counsel gains favor.
News May 12
A new Human Rights Watch report assesses use of force behind bars.
News May 7
She was for reform before she was against it before she was for it.
News May 7
A tough, new report says it’s time for federal prisons to release the elderly and infirm.
News May 2
The softer side of Justice Department intervention.
News April 29
High Court’s conservatives bridle at ‘guerilla’ tactics of ‘abolitionist’ movement.
News April 28
A brief, aggregated history of the Baltimore police commissioner at the eye of the storm.
News April 27
Did you know police have their own Bill of Rights?
News April 24
Ask the experts in a Facebook chat Friday at noon ET.
News April 24
A forensic whistleblower on the latest scandal.
News April 24
A police officer makes the case for keeping your distance.
News April 23
Baltimore’s chief on policing in black communities.
News April 23
A hearing in San Antonio revives the ghosts of the satanic abuse trials and questions about the testimony of child victims.
News April 22
What diabetics face behind bars.
News April 22
A 25-year-veteran cop says the place for reservists is behind a desk.
News April 17
An immigration detention facility tries a new method for curbing sexual assault: Make the women dress differently.
News April 16
Only in Arkansas. And a stealthy campaign is changing that.
News April 14
One by a nervous kid. One by a self-styled hit man. A Detroit whodunnit.
News April 14
But they hardly ever get punished this severely.
News April 10
50,000 parents, mostly black fathers, can guess.
News April 8
If police had recorded his interrogation, would Max Soffar be on death row?
News April 6
Why police are better paid than most workers.
News April 6
Who is the toughest judge in all of Wisconsin?
News April 6
In time for closing arguments, ten pieces to catch you up.
News April 3
Allegations in Harlem the latest blow to a celebrated anti-violence program.
News April 3
The Prison Rape Elimination Act is making its way into state prisons, but what about all those county jails?
News April 2
A closer look at a favorite (and unreliable) law-enforcement tool: drug field tests.
News March 27
But does the state go far enough?
News March 24
It’s Florida, hands down.
News March 19
#Blacklivesmatter wants to stay black.
News March 19
A story of brutality clears the prison censors.
News March 18
State bar files charges more than 10 years after execution.
News March 17
What the HBO documentary series shows us about real-world law enforcement.
News March 17
For offenders seeking a new life, a new redemption tool.
News March 16
A private prison company, a prison riot, and what comes next.
News March 13
Giving jurors a say in sentencing.
News March 12
The nation diversifies. The bureau, not so much.
News March 11
Sex-offender laws are raising questions about the right to worship.
News March 10
Louisiana tried to sentence five men to death for the murder of a prison guard. It wasn’t cheap.
News March 5
And defend their decision to play it safe.
News March 5
How hard is it to count deaths by police?
News March 2
Brutal beating resolved with a misdemeanor plea.
News February 27
Why cities are struggling with backlogs, and what they’re doing about them.
News February 25
A trial in Texas tests the limits of America’s sympathy for war-damaged vets.
News February 24
The first reviews are in, mostly amazed that New York actually made these films.
News February 24
Congress outlawed them. The Supreme Court ruled them unconstitutional. Yet they live on.
News February 20
How Academy Award-nominated films have handled, and mishandled, criminal justice.
News February 20
Can classic community policing prevent terrorism?
News February 18
It’s not just about bad haircuts and peanut butter.
News February 17
Is Vivitrol an answer to addiction? A drug-plagued county thinks so.
News February 16
Boston cops weather the endless snow.
News February 13
In some states you can watch the movie, but don’t try to act it out.
News February 13
As Pennsylvania hits pause on capital punishment, the script sounds familiar.
News February 11
Not in Congress. But what do all those anti-trafficking bills actually do?
News February 11
The jester takes a bow.
News February 11
Happiness is a family sleepover.
News February 10
Now that police are always on, who gets to watch?
News February 4
And you thought it was only teenagers...
News February 4
Inside the world of “murderabilia.”
News February 2
A new set of characters enters the courtroom lexicon.
News February 2
An accused terrorist goes on trial. Manhattan yawns.
News January 31
Who’s selling what to the executioner?
News January 28
A selective guide to the reporting on the next attorney general.
News January 28
The Bureau of Prisons tightens the rules at its secretive “Communication Management Units.”
News January 27
But we don’t execute them. A short history.
News January 27
A new report details abuse of blind, deaf and disabled inmates in a Texas prison.
News January 23
Is clemency still the third rail? We may find out.
News January 23
Defendants may be presumed innocent — but can judges ensure they look innocent?
News January 22
Another conviction is thrown out after prosecutors misuse PowerPoint.
News January 21
A close look at the language of past State of the Union speeches.
News January 20
He was nearly executed because his lawyers missed a filing deadline. Now the Supreme Court has weighed in on what should happen next.
News January 20
Reimagining the president's State of the Union speech.
News January 16
The Feds acquire a confusing asset: bitcoins.
News January 16
Lawyer v. Court. Guess who wins?
News January 16
Left and right unite against forfeiture laws. But can they convince the Department of Justice? Update: Yes.
News January 15
The FAA recruits local cops to police drones.
News January 13
The impending execution of a decorated soldier shows the limits of the PTSD defense.
News January 12
Alabama pitches prison reform as a states' rights issue.
News January 12
The great (make-believe) Ebola outbreak.
News January 8
A view from the corner.
News January 7
The attorney general’s last word.
News January 6
From Calvin Coolidge to Bill de Blasio.
News December 23
When prosecutors slide around the law.
News December 19
Where would you rather do time?
News December 17
Do prison inmates have a right to privacy?
News December 17
Experts, experts and more experts.
News December 16
A brief modern history of racially motivated murder.
News December 15
Does he belong in a prison or a hospital?
News December 13
The sweet spot in criminal justice reform.
News December 12
A new law promises to track civilians killed by police. Don’t hold your breath.
News December 12
When the threat of a white jury is an interrogation tool.
News December 11
Our favorite nugget from the torture report.
News December 10
Not much. Which may be why Robert Holsey is dead.
News December 9
Prison inmates are dying of cold. Why?
News December 4
Reckoning with the great justice divide.
News December 3
Some questions and answers about the city’s new mental health initiative.
News December 2
Can New York’s police learn to handle the mentally ill?
News December 2
Police cams are all the rage. Are they the answer?
News December 1
Conservative stalwarts urge Texas to spare Scott Panetti.
News December 1
The impending execution of Scott Panetti and the search for a standard of sanity.
News December 1
Protecting doctors who testify for lethal injections.
News November 26
What to read in the aftermath.
News November 25
10 must-reads from coverage of the decision, and the protests.
News November 24
It's not over for Ferguson.
News November 24
In the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Pennsylvania says no.
News November 21
Obama’s immigration plan has no room for criminals. But what’s a criminal?
News November 21
Tales from a week of overturned convictions.
News November 18
New numbers from 28 states suggest otherwise.
News November 17
A grand jury's secret, thankless ordeal.
News November 17
Crowded cells, aging inmates, soaring costs.
News November 17
Will Senator Grassley kill the Smarter Sentencing Act?