The Marshall Project
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November 13, 2020
Life Behind the Wall
Sure, prisons and jails are dangerous places. But everyday life inside isn’t as explosive as TV and movies make it look.
February 13, 2020
I Struggled to Help a Prisoner. In Norway, I Found a Better Way
“We took off his wrist restraints and gave him pen and paper. He drew up a storm.”
as told to
June 13, 2019
What Do Abolitionists Really Want?
For years they’ve pushed a radical vision of a world without prisons. Now, the mainstream is taking note.
June 18, 2018
Van Jones Answers His Critics
The CNN host defends his involvement with a controversial prison reform bill and the Trump White House.
May 22, 2018
Is The “First Step Act” Real Reform?
Congress and criminal justice, a scorecard
February 16, 2017
Is Prison the Answer to Violence?
An advocate (and survivor) makes the case for another approach.
December 8, 2016
The Lure of the Prison Fight
Craving the madness.
October 28, 2016
Better by Half
How New York City Cut Crime and Incarceration at the Same Time
Judith A Greene
Case in Point
September 22, 2016
Is a Life in Solitary “Cruel and Unusual?”
In Pennsylvania, the heart of solitary confinement reform, an intellectually disabled inmate says he’s been held in wretched isolation for 36 years.
September 13, 2016
When an Old Law Makes It Hard to Fix a Troubled Jail
A federal statute from the Carter era favors negotiation, but that can take a long time.