Another liberal website about criminal justice—joining the numerous others while conservative sites can be counted on one hand—has begun promoting the standard story that American crime is largely a result of a tough childhood and a rotten society, as reported by the New York Times.
The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization focused on the American criminal justice system and led by Bill Keller, a former executive editor of The New York Times, went live this weekend, the latest in a crop of start-ups seeking a place in an increasingly fragmented journalism landscape.
Mr. Keller has swapped the bustling corridors of The Times for a small office suite on the 25th floor of a Midtown Manhattan building, packed, on a recent afternoon, with some of the project’s 25 full-time employees.
On Saturday, The Washington Post published an investigative report by Ken Armstrong for the Marshall Project on legal delays that jeopardize death row prisoners’ appeals.
The Marshall Project published two articles this summer and fall, but it has primarily focused on building its team. Twenty of the 25 full-time employees are journalists, including specialists in data and graphics. There are correspondents in Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Austin, Tex., and Seattle, said Mr. Keller and the Marshall Project’s founder, Neil Barsky, a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal who later pursued a career in finance. It has raised about 60 percent of its $10 million target, which represents a budget for two years, from groups including the Ford Foundation.