Reporters from the Denver Post and Wall Street Journal have won the annual Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting awards from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Susan Greene and Miles Moffeit of the Denver newspaper won for their four-part series “Trashing the Truth,” which examined how authorities undermined the justice process by discarding and destroying evidence in criminal cases. Starting with the Colorado Springs police department, they uncovered negligent evidence destruction nationwide.
Gary Fields of the Wall Street Journal won an award for his article “Tilted Scales,” which looked at the separate and unequal nature of justice for 1 million Native Americans living on reservations. The article detailed how centuries of federal law and judicial precedent have diminished tribes’ control over justice on reservations. Each winner receives a $1,e000 prize; the contest is supported in part with a grant from the Open Society Institute. The prizes were awarded at the annual Harry F. Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America of the John Jay Center on Media, Crime and Justice, of which Criminal Justice Journalists is a partner.