The Marshall Project is a fantastic nonprofit journalism organization that focuses on criminal justice.
You may recall a year ago, or so, I posted another TMP- co-produced piece, "An Unbelievable Story Rape," that it did with ProPublica. Netflix turned that story into a series that is worth watching, as well.
TMP has another masterpiece that is the best thing I've read this week, this one written by staff writer Eli Hager.
In this feature, which is also deftly put together in the digital format, Hager is able to weave the story of an individual family whose matriarch is murder into the complicated fabric of the patchwork quilt that is justice in America.
It includes searing details and successfully attempts to put the audience in the minds of so many different people -- criminals, victims, politicians. This is the perfect example of using anecdotes from personal accounts to paint the bigger picture.
I hope my students read it.
Molly Yanity, Ph.D.