An article on Rikers Island High School in The Crime Report was awarded first place in online writing in the 2011 National Federation of Press Women awards. The article, published July 15, 2010, explored whether America’s first high school at a correctional facility, the Austin H. MacCormick Island Academy, located at New York's Rikers Island jail, has fulfilled its promise to offer young offenders a second chance to go straight.
See list of award winners here.
The article, “Can a Prison Education Turn Someone Inside Out?,” by Lion Calandra, a former NY Daily News editorial writer, was her reporting project for the 2010 John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowship. Read her article here. The author, Lion also wrote an accompanying “Reporters Notebook” for the piece, detailing how journalists could follow up her story. Read her Reporters Notebook here.