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Here’s How I Use My Story to Teach Incarcerated Kids That Writing Matters
At 18, Bobby Bostic was sentenced to 241 years in prison. Now out on parole, he’s sharing the healing power of writing in juvenile detention centers.
Life Inside • 10.20.2023
Juvenile Detention Centers Face One Scandal After Another
Despite repeated efforts at reform, allegations of mistreatment mount at youth facilities across the country.
Closing Argument • 09.23.2023
How the Juvenile System Forces Minors Into Unsafe Institutions
Even in states with a drive for reform, many children and teens face long confinement and dirty, dangerous conditions.
Closing Argument • 04.15.2023
Confronting America’s ‘Cruel and Unusual’ Juvenile Detention Crisis
From Texas and Louisiana to communities in Iowa and Michigan, the way youth are being detained is prompting calls for change.
Closing Argument • 08.13.2022
“Wild: Bird of Paradise” Envisions a World Without Prisons or Police
The final installment of Jeremy McQueen’s dance film explores the challenges and fears of being a young Black man in New York City.
The Frame • 01.14.2022
I Was Sentenced to Life as a Juvenile. Now I Help Kids Build Brighter Futures.
Imprisoned for 25 years, Fred Weatherspoon was shocked to return to a Chicago he didn’t recognize. He found belonging in an unexpected way — working with vulnerable young people and their families.
Life Inside • 10.21.2021
Many Juvenile Jails Are Now Almost Entirely Filled With Young People of Color
Thousands of kids were freed from juvenile detention during the pandemic. They were more likely to be White, data shows.
One Year Later: The Pandemic Behind Bars • 03.08.2021
Solitary, Brawls, No Teachers: Coronavirus Makes Juvenile Jails Look Like Adult Prisons
Youth lockups are supposed to rehabilitate kids, not punish them. The pandemic is making that harder than ever.
Coronavirus • 05.12.2020
“I Want to See my Child.” Juvenile Lockups Cut Visits Over COVID-19 Fears
Families fret about isolated youth behind bars.
Coronavirus • 03.23.2020
As COVID-19 Measures Grow, Prison Oversight Falls
“We now have no idea what’s going on inside.”
Coronavirus • 03.17.2020
A View of Tomorrow
With virtual reality, juvenile lifers practice for a world they may experience.
News • 07.17.2018
When You’re 16 and It’s Your First Time in Solitary
“I felt like I aged 10 years just by doing 20 days in there.”
Life Inside • 03.29.2018
Rikers Doesn't Put Teens in Solitary. Other New York Jails Do.
Even after the high-profile death of Kalief Browder, jails in the rest of the state routinely isolate juveniles.
News • 03.28.2018
The Check is in The Mail (For Real)
A California county will issue refunds to parents wrongly billed for their kids’ incarceration.
News • 01.07.2018
When Your 18th Birthday Gift Is a Transfer to Adult Prison
A “baby-faced kid” comes of age while incarcerated.
Life Inside • 12.07.2017
California Ends Practice of Billing Parents for Kids in Detention
The change comes months after a Marshall Project investigation.
News • 10.11.2017
Going Back to Prison Never Gets Easy
A Yale Law School graduate speaks to young incarcerated people and faces his own past.
Life Inside • 08.03.2017
Ending Solitary for Juveniles: A Goal Grows Closer
Recent rulings in a half-dozen states signal new momentum.
News • 08.01.2017
The Fine Print in New York’s Raise the Age Law
Thousands of juveniles could still head right to adult court.
News • 04.14.2017
Philadelphia Will Stop Billing Parents When Their Children Are Incarcerated
The announcement comes just hours after we highlighted the practice.
News • 03.03.2017
Your Kid Goes to Jail, You Get the Bill
For 40 years, many parents have had to pay for their children's incarceration, but that may be changing.
News • 03.02.2017
What We Can Learn from the Amazing Drop in Juvenile Incarceration
Lesson One: Don’t make policies when emotions are running high.
Commentary • 01.24.2017
There Are Practically No Juveniles in Federal Prison — Here’s Why
Obama takes bold action, but for a population of fewer than 30
Analysis • 01.27.2016
Why We Need to Shut Down Juvie
“In my five years running the Washington system, I never saw one white youth in my correctional facility.”
Commentary • 12.22.2015
Our Prisons in Black and White
The race gap for adults is shrinking. Why is it widening for juveniles?
Justice Lab • 11.18.2015
When School Feels Like Jail
Isolation rooms and paddling: What some schools in the South are doing to keep students in line.
Feature • 11.11.2015
‘Sometimes the Camera is More Powerful than the Courtroom’
Criminal justice through the lens of Joe Rodriguez.
The Frame • 07.21.2015
New Jersey Moves to Keep Kids Under 15 From Adult Court
Age restriction would be toughest in the nation.
News • 06.25.2015
From Solitary to the Street
What happens when prisoners go from complete isolation to complete freedom in a day?
Feature • 06.11.2015
Photographer Zora Murff reveals what it’s like to be a kid in the system.
The Frame • 12.08.2014