The Marshall Project
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October 28, 2020
When Does Murder Make The News? It Depends On The Victim’s Race.
Mainstream media is less likely to cover Black homicide victims and less likely to portray them as complex human beings, a new study shows.
November 26, 2019
Why Police Struggle to Report One of The Fastest-Growing Hate Crimes
Gender has passed religion and sexual orientation as one of the most common motivations behind hate crimes, but recognizing it is a challenge for many police departments.
August 1, 2019
On Death Row, There's No Such Thing As Closure
A man convicted of murder reflects on his life, his crime and his punishment.
June 11, 2019
Punishing Kids With Years of Debt
Courts often order children who break the law to pay thousands of dollars in restitution to victims—even when the victim is an insurance company.
June 10, 2019
More Families of Murder Victims in Louisiana Will Qualify for Financial Help
Lawmakers change rules after Marshall Project report on compensation fund.
Investigate Your State
September 13, 2018
How to Investigate Victim Compensation in Your State
A guide for stealing our work.
September 13, 2018
The Victims Who Don’t Count
Seven states won’t give victim aid to people with criminal histories. The policies fall hardest on black families.
June 21, 2018
I Survived a Violent Crime, Then the Justice System Let Me Down
"I was made to feel like a second-class victim."
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Case in Point
April 2, 2018
What Victims Want
Did a prosecutor lie about whether the family of a murder victim wanted the death penalty?
March 21, 2018
When the Innocent Go to Prison, How Many Guilty Go Free?
A husband and wife want to upend how we talk about wrongful convictions.