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Eli Hager is a staff writer covering juvenile justice, fines and fees, prosecutors and public defenders, and other issues. His work has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Guardian, and elsewhere. He also edits The Marshall Project's "Life Inside" feature and is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia University.
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News August 1
Recent rulings in a half-dozen states signal new momentum.
News July 21
A federal sting reveals lax oversight in the Defense Department’s gear giveaway program.
News June 6
Almost a year after our story, a preliminary investigation looks closely at one case.
News April 26
Rep. Ted Deutch, a Florida Democrat, keeps up pressure on the House.
News April 23
But the number is probably far higher, Marshall Project survey shows.
News April 14
Thousands of juveniles could still head right to adult court.
News March 23
Federal officials promised last year to look into the mistreatment of detainees, but little has changed.
News March 20
A judge rules against Marilyn Mosby in the Freddie Gray case.
News March 16
But the tough-on-crime establishment fights back.
News March 7
A major player in law enforcement says it will no longer use a method linked to false confessions.
News March 3
The announcement comes just hours after we highlighted the practice.
News March 2
For 40 years, many parents have had to pay for their children's incarceration, but that may be changing.
News February 12
Suggestions from the people who know juvenile detention best.
Analysis February 9
Or at least misleading, says this contrarian scholar. Here’s why it matters.
News January 25
Away from Washington, a new breed of prosecutors takes first steps.
Life Inside January 5
A grandmother struggles to explain the unexplainable.
News December 20
In the last days of the Obama administration, regulators quietly ease the child support burden on parents in prison.
News December 14
A national field trip to Incarceration Nation, under the shadow of Donald Trump
News December 7
It is the latest call for an investigation of the for-profit extradition industry.
News November 18
From police to prosecutions to prisons, the AG holds wide sway.
News October 25
An inmate’s novel is the latest test.
Life Inside October 20
“Being able to vote — that’s rare for people like me.”
Crime on the Ballot October 16
The city’s unrest emerges as a wedge issue in the governor’s race.
News September 27
But in South Carolina, making the juvenile system more humane will be much harder.
News September 22
In a year of inaction, a bill that changes the way we treat juveniles makes some headway.
Feature September 9
Meet Rhonda Covington, the one-woman office.
Feature September 8
Louisiana judges are finding some unexpected substitutes for underfunded defenders.
News August 10
A close look at the “executive actions” that the sweep of a pen could end.
News August 9
A proposed deal between Prisoner Transportation Services and its closest rival is delayed after an objection is filed.
News August 5
The moves by Prisoner Transportation Services come a month after a Marshall Project story.
News July 12
Her pledge to lawmakers comes after a Marshall Project investigation into deaths and abuses in the industry.
Life Inside July 7
Dehydrated, hungry prisoners defecating on themselves.
Feature July 6
Tens of thousands of people every year are packed into vans run by for-profit companies with almost no oversight.
Help us localize our national story on this for-profit industry.
News June 7
A high-profile sexual-assault case provokes demands for pulling the judge off the bench, but such a remedy is rare.
Analysis April 26
84 federal vacancies, and a glacial confirmation rate, put extra stress on some districts
Justice Talk April 25
Today from 11 AM to 5 PM EST, we'll be talking juvenile justice with Digg. Brush up by reading some of the best reporting we could find on the topic, and then bring your questions for the experts.
Feature April 12
How loved ones bear the hidden cost of shipping inmates out of state.
News March 30
An attempt to further level out crack cocaine sentencing disparities.
News March 3
They’re harsh, dangerous and isolated — and may be around for a while.
Looking Back February 26
To commemorate the anniversary of his death, we rounded up some of the best reporting and commentaries on that night in Florida, George Zimmerman’s trial and what came next.
News February 4
Few holdouts remain, as drug-war-era bans on benefits are lifted.
News January 28
The ACLU takes the cash-poor agency to court to force the cash-poor legislature to pay.
News January 27
A field trip to California’s oldest prison.
Life Inside January 8
Finger handshakes, the toilet phone, and the “shoe bomber.”
News January 5
Perhaps because he’s been here before.
Justice Lab November 18
The race gap for adults is shrinking. Why is it widening for juveniles?
Feature November 11
Isolation rooms and paddling: What some schools in the South are doing to keep students in line.
Feature October 18
New regulations would give parents in prison the right to pause child support payments, but opponents say it undercuts welfare reform.
News October 1
Sidestepping the issue since his days as mayor of Burlington.
Feature September 23
From liquids that smell like dead animals to high-temperature heat rays, the present and future of non-lethal weapons.
Q&A August 20
For $2 a day, “It’s a hairy adventure, let me tell you.”
Feature July 29
Before there was a conservative push for reform, there was ‘Bev’ Lake.
News July 22
And it has nothing to do with the arrest itself.
News July 1
Expunged arrest records, and new jobs for police dogs.
Feature June 28
From the people who live and work there.
Analysis June 26
As his rivals ease up, one candidate hangs tough
Analysis June 25
Lessons from education reform on transforming an expensive, ineffective system.
News June 5
In Mississippi prisons last year, half the officers quit.
Feature June 1
Three states, three ways to kill a human being.
News May 15
A closer look at the three federal inmates who have been executed since the 1960s.
News May 15
Why Michigan prisoners aren't taking a video about prison rape seriously.
Justice Lab May 14
Experts say that people admit to crimes they didn’t commit. Why did only one juror in the Etan Patz murder case believe them?
Q&A May 7
A conversation with Sandie Alger, former inmate and recovering heroin addict.
News May 7
She was for reform before she was against it before she was for it.
News April 27
Did you know police have their own Bill of Rights?
News April 22
A 25-year-veteran cop says the place for reservists is behind a desk.
News April 16
Only in Arkansas. And a stealthy campaign is changing that.
News April 10
50,000 parents, mostly black fathers, can guess.
News April 6
Why police are better paid than most workers.
News March 24
It’s Florida, hands down.
News March 17
What the HBO documentary series shows us about real-world law enforcement.
News March 17
For offenders seeking a new life, a new redemption tool.
News March 13
Giving jurors a say in sentencing.
News March 5
How hard is it to count deaths by police?
News February 24
The first reviews are in, mostly amazed that New York actually made these films.
News February 24
Congress outlawed them. The Supreme Court ruled them unconstitutional. Yet they live on.
Feature February 20
Two new safety videos aim to protect New York inmates from prison rape.
Feature February 6
Is entrepreneurship the way from prison to prosperity?
News February 2
A new set of characters enters the courtroom lexicon.
News January 27
But we don’t execute them. A short history.
News January 13
The impending execution of a decorated soldier shows the limits of the PTSD defense.
News January 8
A view from the corner.
Looking Back December 29
How children became adults in the eyes of the law.
Graphics December 23
More states have passed solitary confinement reforms this year than in the past 16 years.
News December 12
A new law promises to track civilians killed by police. Don’t hold your breath.
News December 12
When the threat of a white jury is an interrogation tool.
Feature December 10
The lawyers favor acquittal.
News December 10
Not much. Which may be why Robert Holsey is dead.