Stories on Florida Police Speeding, School Shootings Win Pulitzer Prizes


Criminal justice stories were top winners of Pulitzer Prizes in journalism announced on Monday. The Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, FL, won the Pulitzer for Public Service for a “well documented investigation of off-duty police officers who recklessly speed and endanger the lives of citizens, leading to disciplinary action and other steps to curtail a deadly hazard.” The newspaper reported that “police officers sworn to uphold our traffic laws are among the worst speeders on South Florida roads.” The Denver Post won the Pulitzer for Breaking News Reporting for its coverage of last summer’s Aurora, Co., theater shooting, and the Hartford Courant was a finalist for its reporting on the Newtown, Ct., school massacre.

Finalists in the public service category were California Watch of the Center for Investigative Reporting, Berkeley, Ca., “for its exposure of how a state-run police force failed to protect patients in homes for the developmentally disabled who had been beaten, tortured and raped, resulting in new laws and other remedial action,” and the Washington Post for stories on flawed evidence in criminal cases prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department that was never disclosed to defendants, causing a review of 20,000 cases and other corrective steps. All of these stories were summarized and linked by the Crime & Justice News digest.

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