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Michigan Lawmakers Working to Fix a Program That Failed to Compensate the Wrongfully Convicted

State law provides $50,000 for each year of wrongful imprisonment, but a ProPublica investigation showed how the law’s narrow requirements led to delays, partial settlements and outright denials of payments.

Colorado Lawmakers Mandate Audit of Halfway Houses Following ProPublica Investigation

The facilities often lack adequate employment training and effective drug treatment while residents are burdened with debt. A lack of transparency, limiting lawmakers’ ability to gauge their effectiveness, has been a barrier to reform.


Michigan Proposes Juvenile Justice Reforms

The story of Grace, the Michigan teen detained for not doing her online schoolwork during the pandemic, has prompted a series of juvenile justice reforms.

41 stories published since 2012

Michigan Lawmakers Working to Fix a Program That Failed to Compensate the Wrongfully Convicted

Colorado Lawmakers Mandate Audit of Halfway Houses Following ProPublica Investigation

She Reported Her Medication Was Stolen at a Halfway House. She Was Blamed Instead.

“Another Place to Warehouse People”: The State Where Halfway Houses Are a Revolving Door to Prison

Michigan Proposes Juvenile Justice Reforms After Story of Teen Locked Up for Missing Homework Exposed Gaps in System

Conditions at Mississippi’s Most Notorious Prison Violate the Constitution, DOJ Says

The Invisible Hand of Steve Twist

After Grace’s Story, Michigan Will Study Its Juvenile Justice System

In Exclusive Jailhouse Letter, Capitol Riot Defendant Explains Motives, Remains Boastful

Judges Are Locking Up Children for Noncriminal Offenses Like Repeatedly Disobeying Their Parents and Skipping School

The Way Prisoners Flag Guard Abuse, Inadequate Health Care and Unsanitary Conditions Is Broken

Her Addiction Landed Her in a Prison Segregation Wing. The Man She Says Abused Her Lives Free.

The Prison Was Built to Hold 1,500 Inmates. It Had Over 2,000 Coronavirus Cases.

Bill Barr Promised to Release Prisoners Threatened by Coronavirus — Even as the Feds Secretly Made It Harder for Them to Get Out

Justice Dept. Says It Will Investigate Deadly Conditions at Four Mississippi Prisons

California Gave Billions in Taxpayer Dollars to Improve Jails. But That’s Not How These Sheriffs Are Spending It.

New York City Paid McKinsey Millions to Stem Jail Violence. Instead, Violence Soared.

How McKinsey Helped the Trump Administration Detain and Deport Immigrants

A Jail Increased Extreme Isolation to Stop Suicides. More People Killed Themselves.

These Sheriffs Release Sick Inmates to Avoid Paying Their Hospital Bills

The Village Where Every Cop Has Been Convicted of Domestic Violence

There Has Been an Explosion of Homicides in California’s County Jails. Here’s Why.

Cruel and Unusual: A Guide to California’s Broken Prisons and the Fight to Fix Them

California Tried to Fix Its Prisons. Now County Jails Are More Deadly.

Correction: Stories on Insanity Defense Included Factual Errors and Inaccurate Data

6 Young Men, Given Adult Sentences for “Minor” Infractions, Are Freed in Illinois

Oregon Doctors Warned That a Killer and Rapist Would Likely Attack Again. Then the State Released Him.

Innocent But Still Guilty

Unreliable and Unchallenged

Machine Bias

How We Analyzed the COMPAS Recidivism Algorithm

Alerted to Danger, New York City Failed to Curb Harm at Group Homes

Data-Driven Sentencing May Punish the Poor and More in MuckReads Weekly

Sentenced to Wait: Efforts to End Prison Rape Stall Again

Judge Throws Out Murder Charge in Mississippi Fetal Harm Case

Boys in Custody and the Women Who Abuse Them

Rape and Other Sexual Violence Prevalent in Juvenile Justice System

Hunger Strikes and Indefinite Detention: A Rundown on What’s Going on at Gitmo

The Best In-Depth Reporting on Immigration (#MuckReads)

Land of the Free: the Best Investigative Reporting on U.S. Prisons

By the Numbers: The U.S.’s Growing For-Profit Detention Industry