Newspaper’s Probe of Milwaukee Violence Gets Award

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A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel project that examined what it means to get justice after a homicide and what leads to deadly violence in Milwaukee has won the top award for nondeadline reporting in a national journalism competition, the Journal Sentinel reports. Reporter Ashley Luthern and photojournalist Angela Peterson were recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) for their project, “Cycles of Violence.” The project examined homicide clearance rates and the impact of policing strategies in Milwaukee. Luthern reported that of the 494 homicides from 2014 to 2017, just 47 percent ended with someone convicted of a crime.

Among other award winners relating to criminal justice issues were the Washington Post for coverage of the El Paso and Dayton shootings, Miami New Times for “Despite common belief, Floridians can’t always get a free public defender,” the Charlotte Observer for “Dismissed,” Miami New Times for “Death sentence: A Miami-based jail health-care company profits while patients die,” Washington City Paper for “Life after death: Parents of homicide victims reflect on open wounds,” the Los Angeles Times for “Mexico’s homicide crisis,” the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica for “Lawless,” Type Investigations and Mother Jones for “Inside the US Marshals’ secretive, deadly detention empire, ” Notre Dame Magazine for “Life after death in Parkland,” the Dallas Morning News for “Police thwart attack,” the Texas Tribune for “Tracking mass shootings–and more–in Texas,” Westwood One News for “Mass Shootings in El Paso and Dayton,” WVTF (Virginia Public Radio) for “Parole, Pardons and the fight for reform,” the Washington Post for “12 seconds of gunfire,” and the Marshall Project and The Guardian for “Detained.”

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