A newspaper series about sexual assault in the military and a television documentary on the same subject were among entries involving criminal justice that won American Bar Association Silver Gavel Awards for outstanding work in media and the arts that increase public understanding of the law and legal system. The newspaper series is “Twice Betrayed,” in the San Antonio Express-News. The documentary is “The Invisible War,” by Chain Camera Pictures.
Other winners included “The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay,” a book by Jess Bravin on the Pentagon's prosecution team to probe the post-9/11military-commission system; “An American Gulag,” a commentary by Andrew Cohen in The Atlantic about the treatment of mentally ill inmates; and “Gideon's Army,” a documentary by Trilogy Films that tells the story of three young public defenders. Honorable mentions included the book “A Wild Justice: The Death and Resurrection of Capital Punishment in America,” by Evan Mandery, and “Reinvestigating Rape: Old Evidence, New Answers,” from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.