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The Marshall Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom covering America's criminal justice system. Tweets usually from @burgos.

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Charnal Chaney's first memory of her mother is visiting her in prison. As a mother herself now, she still struggles with the disappointment, heartache and confusion of her upbringing. She is far from alone.

“You’re guilty before proven innocent in this stuff, and it’s awful.”

"My withdrawal lasted the duration of my jail stay. I didn’t have enough energy to go to the water fountain I shared with other prisoners, so I was dehydrated. I also suffered insomnia made worse by the fluorescent lights that never turned off."

No Driving, No Working, No Dating: Inside A Government Program That Controls The Lives of People Leaving Psych Hospitals

For 35 years, Jerry Hartfield waited in prison without a fair trial. He was freed when Texas finally gave up trying to find a valid reason to keep him there.

Police procedurals and paperbacks—not to mention our Constitution—would lead you to believe a trial by jury is the bedrock of the U.S. criminal justice system. Trouble is, trials are rare.

“When I hear household names like George Floyd, Walter Scott and Alton Sterling, I don’t land on the grisly videos of their killings. I think about their children,” says Aulzue “Blue” Fields, who was only eight when his dad died after being beaten by cops.


President Biden quietly extended a policy that critics call a betrayal of his campaign promise to end mandatory minimum sentences. The measure could land more low-level drug dealers in prison for longer and with less proof than is usually required.

Police say demoralized officers are quitting in droves. Labor data says no.

On Tuesday, the same day Florida marked a new daily high for deaths from COVID-19, Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods banned his deputies from wearing masks on the job. More at @washingtonpost .

On #420day , take a moment to reflect on Bernard Noble, a man who was sentenced to 13 years of hard labor for carrying two joints worth of weed. After serving 7 years in prison, he was released last week.

We asked incarcerated people what might have prevented them from committing the crimes that landed them behind bars. Respondents said that affordable housing, a living wage, and mental health care would have made the most impact.

NEW: Prosecutors around the country are asking potential jurors if they support #BlackLivesMatter —and having them removed if they do. A California appeals court will soon determine whether that's legal.

News organizations are slowly reckoning with the fact that police often lie in their incident reports. From @Slate :

Roughly one of every three people bitten by Baton Rouge police dogs were teenagers 17 or younger — some as young as 13. That’s one teen bitten every three weeks, on average.

NEW: Police in rural areas shoot and kill about 200 people every year, yet there’s little public attention paid to these deaths, and no national call to action. We spent a year examining police shootings in rural America. Here's what we found: