She Went Out For A Walk. Then Drogo The Police Dog Charged.

“Growing up, few Black families in Ayanna Brooks’s neighborhood had dogs. A vicious attack reminded her why.”

Published: Oct 15, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,368 words)

They Agreed to Meet Their Mother’s Killer. Then Tragedy Struck Again.

“A Florida family opted for restorative justice over the death penalty for the man who murdered their mom. What happened next made them question the very meaning of justice.”

Author: Eli Hager
Published: Jul 21, 2020
Length: 27 minutes (6,915 words)

Think Debtors Prisons Are a Thing of the Past? Not in Mississippi.

How the state’s “restitution program” forces poor people to work off small debts.

Published: Jan 9, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,770 words)

Chuck Coma Comes Home

Every year, thousands of people are assaulted in federal prisons and left to deal with their trauma. Chuck Coma, a two-time combat veteran incarcerated for armed robbery, was nearly killed by his cellmate. When he was eventually released, Chuck returned home unable to remember years of his life and suffering from uncontrollable tremors.

Published: Dec 17, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,600 words)

The King of Dreams

A Texas con artist made millions promising prisoners’ families the thing they wanted most: To bring their children home.

Published: Aug 1, 2019
Length: 25 minutes (6,300 words)

The Volunteer

Convicted murderer Scott Dozier sits on death row in Nevada, waiting to die. Called a “volunteer” for abandoning his appeals, in October, 2016, Dozier hand-wrote a letter to a judge asking to be put to death. His actions have sparked controversy in the justice system, creating “a dilemma for states that want the harshness of death sentences without the messiness of carrying them out.”

Published: Jan 18, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,338 words)

From Prison to Ph.D.: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones

A feature, produced in a collaboration between The New York Times and The Marshall Project, about Harvard University’s eleventh-hour flip-flop on its acceptance of ex-convict Michelle Jones to its doctoral program in history. Jones, who spent more than two decades in prison for the murder of her four-year-old son, conceived non-consensually when she was 14, became a stellar academic and published scholar of American History while incarcerated. She was set to attend Harvard this fall, but after her acceptance, two professors questioned whether she had adequately portrayed her crime in her application — something that was not required. Jones will be attending NYU instead.

Author: Eli Hager
Published: Sep 13, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,522 words)

Revisiting the Ghosts of Attica

A wrenching new book recounts the bloodiest prison battle in our history.

Published: Sep 9, 2016
Length: 14 minutes (3,722 words)

The Day My Brother Took a Life and Changed Mine Forever

I grew up idolizing my brother. Then he killed a man.

Published: Jun 28, 2016
Length: 21 minutes (5,496 words)

When Prisons Need to Be More Like Nursing Homes

America’s prison population is rapidly graying. So what happens to the growing pool of older, ailing inmates incarcerated in institutions that weren’t designed to serve as nursing homes?

Published: Aug 26, 2015
Length: 7 minutes (1,805 words)