2015 H.F. Guggenheim/John Jay Prize For Excellence in Criminal Justice Journalism


Jennifer Gonnerman of The New Yorker magazine, and an investigative reporting team of The Post and Courier in Charleston, SC – Doug Pardue, Glenn Smith, Jennifer Berry Hawes and Natalie Caula Hauff – are the winners of the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim 2015 Awards for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting.

The prizes, administered by John Jay's Center on Media, Crime and Justice (CMCJ) recognize the best work published by U.S.-based print and online journalists between November 2013 and October 2014, and come with a cash award of $1,000 in each category and a plaque. Runners-up receive a certificate of Honorable Mention. Special attention is paid to work that has had an impact on public policy or debate.

Runner-up in the single-entry category was awarded to Beth Schwartzapel of American Prospect forThe Great American Chain Gang,” which explored prison work across the country. There were two runner-ups in the series category: the reporting team of Bob Ortega and Rob O'Dell of the Arizona Republic earned the judges' praise forForce at the Border,” which examined the Customs and Border Protection agency, and prodded a further investigation that resulted in tightening the rules on use of deadly force. The reporting team of Jerry Mitchell, Emily Le Coz, Jackie Mader, Kate Royals, Monica Land and Sarah Butrymowicz of the Jackson, MS Clarion-Ledger was a co-runner-up for its hard-hitting investigation of the state's prison system, “Hard Look at Hard Time.”

Read the New Yorker story “Down by the Law” here.

Read Post and Courier story “Till Death Do Us Part,” here.

A full press release can be found here.

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