Marshall Project


All the Times Black People (Actually) Infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan

You've seen the Chappelle skit and maybe even the new Spike Lee movie, but these IRL cases are even crazier.
Vee Wright
Life Inside

What it's Like to Deliver Death Sentences

I ran for office and took the oath knowing that the death penalty would be part of my job, whether I liked it or not.
Mike Lynch
Life Inside

I Deliver Bad News to Victims of Horrible Crimes

One of the worst parts about being a prosecutor is telling victims their attacker's conviction got overturned—or that a family member is dead.
Jean Peters Baker
Life Inside

Prison Is Killing My Prison Romance

The only thing worse than being alone in prison is meeting someone and then losing them because of where you are.
Arthur Longworth
Life Inside

My Son Was Murdered on Mother’s Day

People have asked me about my experience with the criminal justice system, and all I tell them is that it was brief.
Cheri Burks
Life Inside

The Time I Ran a Marathon in Prison

The pain helps me be free, in a way, from the monotony of my life.
Jonathan Chiu
Life Inside

I Paid for Fancy Jail Because the Alternative Was Terrifying

After accidentally killing my cousin in a car crash, my family's money helped me avoid county jail, and the dangers that come with it.
Luicci Nader, as told to Alysia Santo
Life Inside

After 20 Years in Prison, All I Can Write Is Fantasy

Writing about technology I don't understand and have never ever seen is depressing. So I invent my own worlds.
Jerry Metcalf
Life Inside

My Execution, 20 Days Away

In Arkansas, eight men are scheduled to die by lethal injection this month. Here is one of their stories.
Kenneth Williams
Life Inside

A Prison Psychologist Mourns the Patient He Couldn't Save

I can help this person, I thought. I was wrong.
Ryan Quirk as told to Maurice Chammah
Life Inside

The Implications of Trying to Kill Yourself on Death Row

Is dying sooner better than being executed later?
George T. Wilkerson
Life Inside

How I Told My Grandson That My Son-in-Law Killed His Mother

A woman's struggle to raise a boy following the unthinkable.
Lisa Marino, as told to Eli Hager