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The John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Prizes For Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting

Prizes have been awarded annually since 2006 in two categories (Best Single Story and Best Series) for work in U.S. print and online media that has had a significant impact on criminal justice debate and policy. The prestigious $1,000 awards, unofficially called the “Pulitzers” of crime and justice journalism, are the only national journalism awards of their type, and are officially presented at a special dinner during the John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America. Information about rules, eligibility, submission and deadlines is available here.

2016 Winners   The Marshall Project and the Belleville News-Democrat

2015 Winners   The New Yorker and the Post and Courier (Charleston)

2014 Winners  The (Sarasota) Herald Tribune and the South Florida Sun Sentinel

2013 Winners   The Times-Picayune and Mother Jones

2012 Winners  The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Mother Jones

2011 Winners   New York Magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer

2010 Winners  The Belleville News Democrat and the Austin Chronicle

2009 Winners  The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The Times Herald-Record

2008 Winners      The Denver Post and The Wall Street Journal

2007 Winners        The San Jose Mercury and The Sacramento Bee

2006 Winners      The Rocky Mountain News and the Boston Phoenix



Since 2013, The Crime Report  in collaboration with the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College has honored individuals from the media and related fields who have expanded public awareness about the challenges and complexities of criminal justice. Past winners have included David Simon, creator of “The Wire” (2013); Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black (2014);  Maria Hinojosa, PBS host and founder of Futuro Media (2015); and Jelani Cobb (2016), New Yorker writer and director of the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut.