The Marshall Project

Criminal Justice

Many 'Violent Offenders' Have Committed Nonviolent Crimes

Embezzlement and selling drugs near a school are among the offenses some states classify as "violent."
Eli Hager
4.5.19
crime

Cameras Actually Tamed Attica, the Brutal Prison I Used to Call Home

I saw how crazy things were at Attica. But under today’s watchful eyes, guards have new incentives not to lie about inmate assaults.
John J. Lennon
4.9.18
true crime

I Got Out of Prison After 11 Years and Now They Want Me Back

Robert Woodall’s release from prison, where he did time for injuring someone with a gun in a drunken brawl, may get reversed in an actual nightmare.
Marella Gayla
6.19.17
Life Inside

I Had a Secret Vegetable Garden in Prison and It Was Awesome

We weren't actually allowed to garden, but that didn't stop us from doing it.
Matthew Hahn
6.9.17
crime

Insane True Stories of Drunk Juries

Getting wasted while deciding the fate of suspected criminals is an age-old tradition.
Ken Armstrong
4.17.17
crime

Travel Has Always Been Deadly for People of Color

The United incident was not fatal, but it harkened to a dark American tradition.
Robin Washington
4.13.17
Life Inside

Fun in the Supermax

Trivial Pursuit, Ted Kaczynski, and candy bars.
Blake Williams
2.24.17
crime

A Case of Grammar, Severed Fingers, and the Law

A strange case about how much protection people who get released from jail are owed by the government. The answer: Not very much.
Ken Armstrong
2.20.17
crime

Trump Wants Cops to Confiscate More Stuff

After joking about ruining a state senator's career, Trump encouraged cops and prosecutors to seize assets.
Maurice Chammah
2.9.17
crime

How Obama Disappointed on the Death Penalty

Two commutations this week was less than many people hoped for.
Maurice Chammah
1.20.17
Life Inside

How Drug Court Saved Me and My Baby

In my case, the system actually worked.
Abby Frutchey
1.20.17
Life Inside

My Best Friends in Prison are Frogs, Turtles, and Raccoons

It's a relief to hang with open-minded creatures from beyond the walls.
Joseph Dole
1.13.17
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