I am a staff writer at The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization dedicated to covering the criminal justice system. Until I joined the Marshall Project in 2014, I was a freelance writer specializing in long-form and narrative journalism. I covered a wide range of subjects, but had a particular interest in the criminal justice system, prisons and jails, issues affecting the LGBTQ community, and health care for the underserved and disenfranchised—particularly substance use, addiction, and HIV/AIDS. This site is an archive of my freelance work.
As a teenager, Greg Diatchenko was convicted of murder and given the mandatory sentence: life without parole. Now science, and the courts, could give him another chance.
Why can’t we embrace the idea that prisoners have labor rights?
Nationwide, at least 1,200 people serve life without parole for crimes they committed as children.