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How Long Can You Hide a Dead Body in a Prison Cell?
If things were a little too quiet in a particular cell in the Texas prison, the guards didn’t notice. If one of the two men locked inside didn’t stand up to be counted—a process that is supposed to happen at least nine times a day—no one reported it.
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A Year After Prison, He Has a Job, a Fiancée—And a Week Left of Freedom
Richard Midkiff spent 23 years behind bars. A dispute over his decades-old plea deal could send him back for 15 more.
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How ICE Exported the Coronavirus
A visual investigation reveals how Immigration and Customs Enforcement became a domestic and global spreader of COVID-19.
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Freed From Prison, Dead from COVID-19, Not Even Counted
DURHAM, North Carolina—On May 20, two prison guards pushed a wheelchair carrying 79-year-old Alan Hurwitz into the airport here. Convicted of bank robberies a decade before, Hurwitz had been freed from a nearby federal prison by a judge who found him
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Biden Inches Leftward On Immigration
A task force designed to forge unity and turn out Sanders voters proposes ambitious rollback of Trump policies.
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She Said Her Husband Hit Her. She Lost Custody of Their Kids
Tara Coronado, a 45-year-old mother of four, sat in a nondescript Austin courtroom six years ago during a custody fight with her ex-husband, biting her tongue as the judge dressed her down. “There is a huge amount of anger coming from you,” said Jud
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You Can Get Kicked Out of a Jury Pool For Supporting Black Lives Matter
Questioning a potential juror named Crishala Reed, the prosecutor homed in on a sentence from Reed’s questionnaire. “I support Black Lives Matter,” she had written. The prosecutor asked Reed if she supported “destroying other people’s property.” Re
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Did “Live PD” Let Police Censor Footage?
Police asked the show to edit out officers using violence or bad language. The company says it had other reasons for not airing the footage.
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Their Unlikely Alliance Began at Whataburger. Can They Reform a Texas Jail?
When COVID-19 threatened the jail in Tyler, Texas, an activist pressured her sheriff to make change.
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How My White Privilege Protected Me In Jail
Being locked up for a crime I didn’t commit was hard. But nothing compares to the humiliation and harassment that my elderly, disabled, Black cellmate experienced.
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What Are Cops Really Thinking When Routine Arrests Turn Violent?
Why do they do it? Cops have been caught on video, over and over, assaulting Black Americans — bruising their bodies and breaking their bones during routine encounters that escalated. What makes officers engage in rough arrest tactics that seem unnec
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These Political Candidates Are Embracing Their Criminal Records
A group of 2020 hopefuls say their first-hand experience with the justice system makes them best suited to fix it.
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The True Costs of Deportation
Even after the Supreme Court ruling sparing DACA, many immigrants can face deportation. Here are the stories of three families where deportation brought financial ruin, mental health crises—and eve...
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My Dad Went to Prison When I Was 5. Now I Write About Families Like Mine
Growing up with a father who was incarcerated didn’t define me. But it certainly taught me to challenge stereotypes and ask better questions.
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“It Was An Execution”: Nicolas Chavez Was On His Knees When Police Killed Him. His Father Wants Answers.
The Houston shooting has sparked more questions about use of force and what many experts call the failed promise of police body cameras.
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Immigrant Teens Left Out When Trump Ended DACA Are In Limbo After Supreme Court Ruling.
The justices ruled the president illegally suspended the Dreamers program. But it’s unclear if Trump will let more eligible applicants in.
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“I Begged Them To Let Me Die”: How Federal Prisons Became Coronavirus Death Traps.
The Bureau of Prisons was unprepared and slow to respond. Then officials took steps that helped spread the virus.
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Which States Are Taking on Police Reform After George Floyd?
Lawmakers in 16 states have introduced bills to improve police oversight and accountability.
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Is Child Abuse Really Rising During The Pandemic?
Amid speculation of a spike in abuse, advocates worry that families of color will be policed even more.
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Shining a Light on Life Behind Bars
As COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, people in prisons and jails are among the most vulnerable. But rarely do they have the opportunity to share their perspectives with people on the outside. A traveling art installation called “The Wri
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New Hope for People Who Claim Racism Tainted Their Death Sentence
The state Supreme Court has upheld the controversial Racial Justice Act, which opponents repealed in 2013
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A Major Obstacle to Police Reform: The Whiteness of Their Union Bosses
Even in the 15 largest departments where the majority of officers are people of color, only one union leader is black, our analysis shows.
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Support For Defunding The Police Department Is Growing. Here’s Why It’s Not A Silver Bullet.
Past budget cuts have had unintended consequences. Now, proponents say it’s time to fundamentally reimagine the role of the police.
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Have COVID-19? Cops May Have Your Neighborhood on a “Heat Map”
Yonkers, N.Y. — Colorful if dilapidated, the Elm Street shopping strip in this New York City suburb used to offer its apartment dwellers pizza, house paint, booze, haircuts and clean laundry. But in the age of coronavirus, police say, the main thing
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The Short, Fraught History of the ‘Thin Blue Line’ American Flag
The controversial version of the U.S. flag has been hailed as a sign of police solidarity and criticized as a symbol of white supremacy.
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I Wonder If They Know My Son Is Loved
Visiting my son in jail for the first time, I know that I cannot protect him. Although he is too young to drink, the criminal justice system regards him as an adult.
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We Were Gassed, Arrested, and Maybe Exposed to COVID-19
Barely 10 minutes after Malik and Erikha Mason got out of their car in downtown Houston on Saturday night, the twins say, police hemmed them in along with dozens of other protesters and started firing pepper spray. Though their cellphone videos show
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As George Floyd Died, Officer Wondered About “Excited Delirium”
In the final moments of George Floyd’s life, as he laid face down and Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck, another officer asked Chauvin if they should roll Floyd onto his side. “I am worried about excited delirium or whatever,
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Elan Kiderman joins The Marshall Project as Director of Product
Elan Kiderman is joining The Marshall Project as its first Director of Product. Kiderman will be responsible for upholding and expanding The Marshall Project’s award-winning design and creating new products and newsletters. He will also work on expan
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“Juvenile Lifers” Were Meant to Get a Second Chance. COVID-19 Could Get Them First.
The Supreme Court gave teens sentenced to life in prison a shot at freedom. Many are still waiting.
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