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For My Incarcerated Clients, There Is No Winning
Tears were streaming down the man’s face, and the interview room in which we’d been sitting across from each other didn’t have any tissues. Life Inside Perspectives from those who work and live in the criminal justice system. Relate
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Finding Peace—and Briefly, Freedom—at My Grandfather’s Funeral
“Saying goodbye with the people who loved him—and me—I remember that I am not the tomb that imprisons me.”
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I Killed My Wife. Now I Want to Help Prevent Domestic Violence.
“If I could save one man from doing what I did, then I will have found a calling for my final years.”
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New FBI Data: Violent Crime Still Falling
FBI data released Monday suggests that the violent crime rate in the U.S. remains on a decades-long downward trend, falling by 3.9 percent in 2018. Overall, the violent crime rate has plunged by more than 50 percent since the highwater mark of the ea
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I Host a Popular Podcast. I’m Also in Prison.
The sun shines brightly through the gated windows so I grab a pair of Sony headphones and the Tascam (a portable audio recorder) and leave the office with my co-worker, John “Yahya” Johnson, an intellectual Muslim brother out of Oakland. Curious as t
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He Didn’t Abuse His Daughter. The State Took Her Anyway.
An unwed father hopes his case will change the way courts decide what it means to be a parent.
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Do Deportations Lower Crime? Not According to the Data
A new study casts doubt on the effectiveness of a program that encourges local police cooperation with federal immigration enforcement.
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All I Really Need to Know I Learned on the Streets of the Garment District
“The runaways, the mobsters, the pimps—they saw me as someone credible, someone who didn’t judge them.”
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Where Art and Rural Incarceration Meet
Artist Jesse Krimes’s latest work uses a corn maze and quilts to address increasing incarceration rates in small-town America.
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Tennessee's Voter Restoration Gauntlet
The state’s byzantine felony disenfranchisement laws keep hundreds of thousands of formerly incarcerated residents from registering to vote.
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The Navajo Nation Opposed His Execution. The U.S. Plans to Do It Anyway.
In 2003, Lezmond Mitchell was found guilty of carjacking and murder for stabbing a woman and her 9-year-old granddaughter on Navajo land in Arizona. Despite the gruesome nature of the crimes, the Navajo Nation, a federal prosecutor and even members o
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Here's Why Abolishing Private Prisons Isn't a Silver Bullet
The vast majority of prisoners are held in publicly run prisons. But the private sector affects their incarceration in different ways.
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A Thirst for Justice
“They booked me into a cell where there was a paper sign over the toilet saying DON’T DRINK THE WATER.”
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When People with Intellectual Disabilities Are Punished, Parents Pay the Price
A sex offense conviction can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Who pays when the offender has an intellectual disability?
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Border Courts Swamped With New Asylum Cases
Thousands of cases have been filed since President Trump started forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico.
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When People with Intellectual Disabilities Are Punished, Parents Pay the Price
A sex offense conviction can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Who pays when the offender has an intellectual disability?
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What Gate Money Can (And Cannot) Buy
Most states give money to people leaving prison. But some formerly incarcerated people say it's often not enough to meet their basic needs.
The Marshall Project5 min read
Can Kamala Harris Adapt The Government’s Airplane-Safety Model to Stem Police Shootings?
The transportation safety board works with federally-regulated air travel. A policing board would deal with thousands of local police departments.
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Netflix Series Explores Costs of Not Believing Rape Victims
The series, “Unbelievable,” draws from our award-winning reporting with ProPublica and “This American Life.”
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In My Prison, Summer is “Ticket Season”
There isn't much that we can do here in a Level 5 maximum-security prison—which is where they send us unmanageable inmates, to seclude us even further. So I write, read, watch TV and occasionally look out my window, watching the prisoners from the ot
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Is It Time to Remove Immigration Courts From Presidential Control?
Calls grow to create an independent court system that protects immigration judges from political pressure.
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Same-Sex Couples in North Carolina Don’t Have Equal Abuse Protections
If the woman known as M.E. had lived with her girlfriend in North Carolina, she could have gotten significant legal protection once their relationship turned abusive. She would also have been eligible for that help—a domestic violence protective orde
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Mourning a Stranger’s Suicide in Prison
It was an average Texas prison weekend when it happened. Chow had just finished, and the dorm was settling into its routine. The bolted-down metal tables in the dayroom were cluttered with bowls and commissary food as several women started cooking in
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Why are the Feds Arresting More Non-Citizens?
Most of the increase comes from immigration charges, not violent crime or drugs, a new report finds.
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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.
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California Governor Promises More Changes to “Biased, Random” Justice System
SACRAMENTO — In his first few months as California’s governor, Gavin Newsom made some critics question his commitment to fixing the state’s troubled prison system. Though he had run as a reformer, Newsom stopped the release of dozens of prisoners el
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The Federal Prisoner Transit System—aka “Diesel Therapy”—Is Hell
We federal inmates had been on the privately operated prison bus for more than three hours as it wound its way through Alabama, all of our hands and feet shackled together. There was no water or air conditioning, and the Southern summer heat was swel
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They Got Their Voting Rights Back, But Will They Go to the Polls?
Thousands of Louisianians on probation and parole face numerous obstacles to casting a ballot, including the idea that their votes don't matter.
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Epstein’s Death Highlights A Staffing Crisis in Federal Prisons
A hiring freeze by the Trump administration shrank the federal prison workforce at twice the rate of the declining prison population.
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I Had a Shitty Job in Prison
“Down in a wastewater-treatment pit, I kept furiously shoving the black liquid toward the pump, with a squeegee.”
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