James Ridgeway and Jean Casella received a 2010 PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) award for their Feb 18, 2010 article in The Crime Report, “Locking Down the Mentally Ill.” , the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) announced April 4. The Ridgeway-Casella article was one of only two online entries to win the nationwide honor.
The PASS awards annually recognize the best reportage of criminal justice, juvenile justice and child welfare systems by print and broadcast journalists, TV news and feature reporters, producers, writers, film-makers and authors. The awards are intended to spotlight stories that “illustrate current realities or the promise of reform, especially those that help people understand the complex causes of crime, and what must be done to prevent and control it,” the NCCD said.
For a list of all 2010 winners, click here.