Eli Hager

Eli Hager is a staff writer with the Marshall Project, and his work has appeared in the Washington Post and elsewhere. He also solicits, collects, and edits journalism by incarcerated writers for The Marshall Project's "Life Inside" feature. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia University.
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Falling Black Imprisonment Rates: Four Theories

One of the most damning features of the U.S. criminal justice system is its vast racial inequity. Black people in this country are imprisoned at more than five times the rate of whites; one in 10 black children has a parent behind bars, compared with about one in 60 white kids, according to the Stanford Center on Poverty & Inequality. The crisis has persisted for so long that it has nearly become an accepted norm. So it may come as a surprise to learn that for the last 15 years, racial … [Read more...]

If Kids Ran Juvie

Every couple of years, California takes a close look at its rules governing juvenile detention centers. In determined bureaucratic fashion, officials convene, debate and ultimately agree on updates to the state regulations covering the facilities that house children. This year, the California Board of State and Community Corrections is doing something different: They are considering the suggestions of dozens of juveniles who have actually spent time in detention. In January, at least 75 … [Read more...]

Child Support Relief Coming for Incarcerated Parents

Squeezing in an executive action just a month before President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Obama administration on Tuesday quietly unveiled a new federal regulation that will allow incarcerated parents to lower their child-support payments while they are in prison. The new rule, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, requires states to notify all parents incarcerated for more than six months of their right to ask the child support agency for a temporary … [Read more...]

Prisoners Who Fight Wildfires in California: An Insider’s Look

An inmate who was learning to fight California’s wildfires was killed by a guard Sunday during a riot at the prison where he was being trained, officials said this week. Jonathan Velarde, 23, was in the thick of a 45-person riot that broke out in the mess hall at California Correctional Center-Susanville, officials said. Velarde stabbed other inmates and was himself stabbed, officials said. A guard fatally shot him with a rifle. The riot and Velarde’s death indicate that the problems of gang … [Read more...]