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I Did My 25 Years. Now I’m Fighting Another Sentence—Deportation
I barely remember my birthplace, Jamaica, and I have no family left there. Frankly, I’m terrified.
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Can We Fix Mass Incarceration Without Including Violent Offenders?
Half of America’s prisoners are in for violent crimes, but reforms often leave them behind.
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His Appeal in Louisiana Was a Sham Proceeding. But the High Court Won’t Review the Case.
Louisiana automatically rejected appeals from prisoners who represented themselves. One prisoner hoped the Supreme Court would consider his conviction in the light of that scandal.
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Til Death Do Us Part
After my mother was diagnosed with cancer, she married the love of her life even though he was still behind bars. Then he got sick, too.
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The Growing Racial Disparity in Prison Time
A new study finds black people are staying longer in state prisons, even as they face fewer arrests and prison admissions overall.
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I Got To Leave Prison For A Few Hours—It Broke My Heart
The guards wake me by slamming the lock on my cell's sliding door, a noise like an aluminum stepladder abruptly collapsing. My alarm clock reads 4:17 a.m. Disoriented with sleep, I wonder if I'm still dreaming. The truth dawns incrementally: My long-
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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.
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How This Prison Collaborated on a Larger-Than-Life Work of Art
For three days in October, giant faces were visible from the air over the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi, California. They were portraits of 48 currently or formerly incarcerated people, correctional officers and victims of crimes,
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He Was 17 When He Went To Prison. How Much Should That Matter To The Parole Board?
SAN FRANCISCO — When William Palmer was 17, he accosted a man in a parking garage, pointing a gun at him and demanding money. Palmer ordered the man to go to an ATM and withdraw cash. Palmer didn’t know it, but the victim was an off-duty police of
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Happy Birthday to The Marshall Project
The Marshall Project began publishing five years ago today, but in many ways its birthday was actually Feb. 9, 2014. That was the day The New York Times announced that its former executive editor Bill Keller would be joining us as founding editor.
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Tabloids Fuel Collective Anxiety Attack Over Bail Ban
How “free Mets tickets” for teens became a flashpoint in debate over looming bail reform law.
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Tabloid Fuels Collective Anxiety Attack Over Bail Ban
How “free Mets tickets” for teens became a flashpoint in debate over looming bail reform law.
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What I Think About When I Think About Freedom
“It’s conflicting, I imagine, to hear how someone who once took a life thinks about living a good life.”
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How Do You Prove You’re Innocent If You’re On Death Row?
Rodney Reed faces execution in Texas despite mounting evidence of innocence and bipartisan support.
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How Did They Run an Elaborate "Sextortion" Scam From Prison? Cellphones.
GREENVILLE, S.C.—Just before noon on Sept. 11, 2018, a former Army private named Jared Johns lay down on his bed, turned on his iPhone’s camera and said goodbye to his family. Toward the end of the two-minute video, Johns’s eyes widened as he read a
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The Never-Ending Drug Hustle Behind Bars
“While I went to high school with casual weed smokers, and worked at various jobs with weekend coke snorters, I was entirely unprepared for what I’ve seen in state prison.”
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How More Than 50 Women Walked Out of a Prison in Oklahoma
The state slashed sentences for more than 500 people convicted in low-level drug and theft cases.
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Why Some Police Departments Are Leaving Federal Task Forces
ATLANTA—The police call was routine: a “suspicious person” was lurking at an apartment complex north of downtown. When officers responded that morning in July 2016, a “black man in an white t-shirt” pulled a gun on them and fled, they reported. The c
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Akiba Solomon Joins The Marshall Project as Senior Editor
Akiba Solomon is joining The Marshall Project, the Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit newsroom that covers the U.S. criminal justice system. She will work as a senior editor, responsible for overseeing much of The Marshall Project’s news coverage, its
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The First Presidential Town Hall Hosted by Formerly Incarcerated Leaders
The Marshall Project presents a historic town hall, hosted by Voters Organized To Educate at Eastern State Penitentiary.
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My GPS-Tracked Life on Parole
“Even in prison, I didn’t feel so overwhelmed with worry about doing something wrong when I’m doing everything right.”
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Democratic Candidates Face Questions Seldom Heard On Campaign Trail
They defend their criminal justice records and tout proposals at nation’s first town hall held by formerly incarcerated people.
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Being A Prisoner Is Like Being A Ghost
I still remember that moment six years ago when I became a ward of the state—a federal inmate. Shackled hand and foot, I arrived by bus at the penitentiary and was ordered to send my clothing and other personal effects home in a cardboard box. I had
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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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