Trading Away Justice is a national reporting project on plea bargaining by a collaboration of professional and student journalists from news organizations and universities.

We are documenting cases from across the country in which innocent people plead guilty to crimes they did not commit and building a database of their stories to identify the leading causes and consequences of this phenomenon.

These first installments include work produced by Injustice Watch, Capital News Service at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism and PBS NewsHour. The site was designed and developed by Lindsay Huth of Capital News Service.

Capital News Service

Capital News Service is a student-powered news organization run by the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism. For 26 years, CNS has provided deeply reported, award-winning coverage of issues of import to Marylanders.

Injustice Watch

Injustice Watch is a non-partisan, not-for-profit, multimedia journalism organization that conducts in-depth research exposing institutional failures that obstruct justice and equality.

PBS NewsHour

For more than 40 years, millions of Americans and citizens of the world have turned to the PBS NewsHour for the solid, reliable reporting that has made it one of the most trusted news programs on television.

LSU Manship School Statehouse Bureau

Student journalists at Louisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication dig into criminal- and racial-justice issues in the fall and cover the state Legislature in the spring. Their stories appear in more than 40 news outlets around the state.