The San Jose Mercury News and Sacramento Bee won the second annual Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Awards from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Fredric Tulsky of the Mercury News won a prize for his series, “Tainted Trials, Stolen Justice.” In the five-part series, Tulsky examined files in 724 Santa Clara County, Calif., criminal jury trials decided on appeal during a five-year period. More than one in three cases involved misjudgment or misconduct, either by prosecutors, defense lawyers, or judges, that hurt the accused.
Christina Jewett and Dorothy Korber of the Sacramento Bee won for their article, “Questions Persist Over Jail Health Care,” which reported on the poor medical care for inmates in county jails in Sacramento. The awards, given to print journalists, are given out annually by the college’s Center on the Media, Crime and Justice “to honor journalists whose reporting informs and enhances the public’s understanding of issues related to crime in America.” The center is a partnership of the college, the Institute for Justice and Journalism of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication, Criminal Justice Journalists, and the Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York.