The Marshall Project

Producing quality journalism to create a sense of urgency around criminal justice reform.

The Problem

The US criminal justice system is expensive, ineffective, and racially biased. Neither liberals nor conservatives deny that the status quo is unacceptable. However, the issue is never front and center of public consciousness. While a number of news organizations are doing quality reporting on crime and punishment, coverage of the issues has declined as newsrooms across the nation shrink or disappear.

The Solution

The non-profit, nonpartisan Marshall Project seeks to fill this coverage gap, publishing award-winning journalism that aims create a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. Headed by former New York Times editor Bill Keller, TMP wants to "move the discussion of our institutions of justice — law enforcement, courts, prisons, probation — to a more central place in our national dialogue" and undertakes a wide range of reporting projects, both independently and in partnership with other news organizations.

Stage of Development

  • Early Stage
  • Established Prototype
  • Scaling
  • Other

Organization to Receive Funds

The Marshall Project

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