Philly School Violence, Sioux Rape, Peace Corps Murder Stories Get Casey Medals


The Philadelphia Inquirer series “Assault on Learning” has won a Casey Medal awarded by the Journalism Center on Children and Families at the University of Maryland. The center said the series “aggressively exposes the treacherous conditions within Philadelphia public schools — a state of toxic stress and fear that contributes to the dropout crisis — as well as the utter ineffectiveness of adults and leaders to stop it. Within five months after reporting began, the superintendent was gone, schools started operating more transparently and the system got serious about reform.”

Among other Casey Medals for journalism that that touched on criminal-justice issues were “Tiny Little Laws,” by Kathy Dobie in Harper’s Magazine and the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, the “story of legal and social dysfunction on a South Dakota Sioux reservation where nearly two-thirds of women are raped and threatened with retaliation, while their rapists roam freely; where hospitals fail to administer rape kits,” and “Peace Corps: A Trust Betrayed,” from ABC News’ 20/20, an investigation into the murder of Peace Corps volunteer Kate Puzey in Benin, Africa, and the Peace Corps' “shocking failure to protect young women volunteers who were victims of sexual assault.”

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