The Marshall Project6 min read
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
The Marshall Project3 min readSociety
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.
The Marshall Project9 min readPolitics
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.
The Marshall Project2 min readSociety
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
The Marshall Project6 min read
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
The Marshall Project10 min readSociety
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.
The Marshall Project6 min readSociety
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.
The Marshall Project5 min readSociety
Money-Making Schemes That Ensnare Prisoners and Their Families
If you believe the advertisements mailed to federal prisoners across the country, getting out of prison early is as simple as paying thousands of dollars to the right person. Early release scams are rampant in prisons, experts say, as opportunists r
The Marshall Project4 min read
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.”
The Marshall Project5 min read
Racism Tainted Their Trials. Should They Still Be Executed?
North Carolina Supreme Court hearings raise broad questions of systemic bias in the state judicial system.
The Marshall Project5 min read
On Death Row, There's No Such Thing As Closure
It is August of the year 2000, and I am cold. I know the sun is shining outside, but there are no windows in the courtroom. The lighting is subdued, darker in the back where spectators sit and lighter in the front where tragedies play out—like a the
The Marshall Project3 min readPolitics
Are Voters Ready to Move on From Willie Horton?
This week’s presidential debate featured plenty of crossfire from Democratic candidates over the scope and pace of criminal justice reforms. It may have seemed like a normal part of the political conversation today given what we know about mass incar
The Marshall Project8 min read
One Lawyer. Five Years. 3,802 Cases.
In Detroit, court-appointed lawyers for the poor take on large caseloads at the expense of their clients, a new report says.
The Marshall Project23 min readPolitics
TheKingofDreams
1 Just a few weeks after their mother, Betty, died on Christmas Day 2013, Rhonda Peck and her brother Larry began the long, painful process of sorting through her stuff. Most of Betty’s belongings were crammed into two storage units, while the spillo
The Marshall Project10 min read
Beyond One-Liners: A Guide to the Democratic Debate on Criminal Justice
Wednesday night’s debate saw the first extended discussion of criminal justice issues as the Democratic presidential candidates jockey in a crowded and competitive field. Several candidates teed off those issues to score political points and jab at o
The Marshall Project6 min read
A Unique Military Program Helps Sexual Assault Survivors. But Not All of Them.
The military gives lawyers to victims. But civilians—who make up hundreds of cases a year—are left to fend for themselves.
The Marshall Project5 min read
Shock Treatment in Court
Some states control defendants by making them wear 50,000-volt stun cuffs, but the practice is open to abuse.
The Marshall Project5 min read
It Was My Job to Tell the Truth About Jails
“Anyone not touched by the system was unlikely to understand: Going to jail actually marks a story’s beginning.”
The Marshall Project2 min readSociety
Reporters Jamiles Lartey and Cary Aspinwall join The Marshall Project
They are part of a new team focusing on the high incarceration states of the American South.
The Marshall Project4 min read
My Dad Taught Me How to Build Things. Now I’m Doing It in Prison.
“What neither of us knew was that coming to prison would create new worlds for me to build.”
The Marshall Project6 min read
Two Friends Were Found Guilty of the Same Murder. Only One Is Free.
His co-defendant was acquitted based on new evidence, but prosecutors are still fighting to keep Andrew Krivak in prison.
The Marshall Project5 min read
Your Arrest Was Dismissed. But It’s Still In A Police Database.
In New York City, officers are illegally using information from arrests that have been sealed, according to a lawsuit. The practice is legal in more than two dozen states.
The Marshall Project9 min readPolitics
Trump Tried to Deport People Faster. Immigration Courts Slowed Down Instead.
A series of policy changes has failed to reduce the ever-growing backlog of cases waiting to be resolved.
The Marshall Project7 min read
In an Apparent First, Genetic Genealogy Aids a Wrongful Conviction Case
An Idaho man who falsely confessed to a 1996 rape and murder is expected to have his name cleared on Wednesday.
The Marshall Project4 min readSociety
Illinois Puts Ankle Monitors On Thousands. Now It Has To Figure Out Who Gets Tracked—and Why
Corrections officials have little data on the electronic monitoring of former prisoners. A new bill aims to change that.
The Marshall Project4 min readSociety
Illinois Puts Ankle Monitors On Thousands. Now It Has To Figure Out Who Gets Tracked—and Why
Corrections officials have little data on the electronic monitoring of former prisoners. A new bill aims to change that.
The Marshall Project4 min readSociety
Illinois Puts Ankle Monitors On Thousands. Now It Has To Figure Out Who Gets Tracked—and Why
Corrections officials have little data on the electronic monitoring of former prisoners. A new bill aims to change that.
The Marshall Project4 min readSociety
Illinois Puts Ankle Monitors On Thousands. Now It Has To Figure Out Who Gets Tracked—and Why
Corrections officials have little data on the electronic monitoring of former prisoners. A new bill aims to change that.
The Marshall Project4 min readSociety
Illinois Puts Ankle Monitors On Thousands. Now It Has To Figure Out Who Gets Tracked—and Why
Corrections officials have little data on the electronic monitoring of former prisoners. A new bill aims to change that.
The Marshall Project4 min readSociety
Illinois Puts Ankle Monitors On Thousands. Now It Has To Figure Out Who Gets Tracked—and Why
Corrections officials have little data on the electronic monitoring of former prisoners. A new bill aims to change that.
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