The Garrison Project addresses the crisis of mass incarceration, policing, and criminalization through articles, reports, polling, and other media products. It is proudly and explicitly independent and nonpartisan, as its work is rooted in an understanding that mass incarceration is a bipartisan project built and maintained by Democrats and Republicans alike. The project is inspired in part by William Lloyd Garrison, a 19th century abolitionist and journalist who founded the newspaper The Liberator.
The Garrison Project publishes its work in partnership with publications including The New Republic, New York Magazine, Slate and The Intercept.
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The Garrison Project is fiscally sponsored by Investigative Reporters and Editors; donors include the Vital Projects Fund, Just Impact Advisors, The Barton Family Fund, The Just Trust, and Pritzker/The Scorpio Rising Fund.
Ethan Brown is The Garrison Project’s Editor-in-Chief. He has worked as an editor and an investigative reporter for nearly 25 years and is the author of four books about crime and the criminal legal system: “Murder in the Bayou” (Scribner), “Queens Reigns Supreme” (Random House), “Snitch” (Public Affairs), and “Shake the Devil Off” (Henry Holt). He also worked for nearly a decade as a mitigation specialist and fact investigator for attorneys representing indigent defendants facing the death penalty in the Deep South. In 2019, Ethan served as Executive Producer on an acclaimed Showtime docuseries based on “Murder In The Bayou.” From May 2018 to June 2021, Ethan was the Enterprise Editor of The Appeal, which produced original reporting about state and local criminal legal systems—the most significant drivers of mass incarceration.
Philip V. McHarris is a contributing editor with The Garrison Project. Philip is a Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University in the Department of African American Studies and the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab. He completed his PhD in Sociology and African American Studies at Yale University. In addition to his scholarly work, Philip has written for outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, and The Guardian. His commentary has been featured on HBO, CNN, Time, and PBS. In 2020, Philip was selected as one of The Root 100: The Most Influential African Americans.
Sean Campbell is a contributing reporter with The Garrison Project. Sean is an investigative journalist based in New York City whose recent stories focused on the criminal legal system and social justice. His investigation into the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation was one of the most widely read stories in 2022. Sean has won the Les Payne Award for Coverage on Communities of Color from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Deadline Club and a Sidney Award from the Hillman Foundation, among other recognitions. His feature work has been published by outlets including New York Magazine, ProPublica, and FiveThirtyEight. Sean holds a BS in aerospace engineering from the University of Florida, an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and a master of science degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism with a specialization in data journalism.