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Making Room for Justice: 2016 John Jay/H.F. Guggenheim Conference on Crime in America

(FORTHCOMING) Mayor Ras Baraka of Newark, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Indiana and Judge Jed Rakoff of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York lead the distinguished group of speakers at this year's 11th annual John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America, scheduled for Feb 25-26, 2016, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. The symposium, Making Room for Justice: Crime, Public Safety & the Choices Ahead for Americans, will explore the […]

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2016 H.F. Guggenheim/John Jay Prize For Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting

Beth Schwartzapfel of The Marshall Project, and an investigative reporting team from the Belleville News-Democrat—Beth Hundsdorfer, George Pawlaczyk and Zia Nizami—are the winners of the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim 2016 Awards for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting. “The impressive work of these journalists illustrates why reform of our criminal justice system has risen to the top of our national agenda,” said Jeremy Travis, president of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in the prize announcement on Jan. 25. […]

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Reducing and Preventing Violence: Strengthening Reporting About What Works

Media coverage of violence in American society is skewed too often towards the sensational “if it bleeds, it leads” approach. While conscientious journalists make an effort to cover the debilitating effects of violent crime—particularly in low-income and vulnerable communities—deadline and newsroom pressures still leave a critically important dimension of the story unreported: What can be done—and what is working—to reduce or prevent such violence? This is a missed opportunity. Reporting that covers the solutions as well as the problems can […]

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An Imprisoned Mind: Reporting on Mental Health and Criminal Justice System

Decades of reduced budgets for community mental health programs and state hospitals, paired with “tough on crime” legislation and “War on Drugs” policies, have effectively criminalized mental illness. For the majority of the justice-involved population struggling with mental illness, however, state and local correctional institutions are the only places where they can expect to receive some form of treatment, however minimal. Twenty- five U.S. journalists from print, online and broadcast outlets were awarded reporting fellowships to attend the workshops on […]

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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 […]

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2015 H.F. Guggenheim Conference on Crime in America

Can We All Get Along? The question posed by Rodney King over a decade ago in the wake of the Los Angeles riots is still, unfortunately, at the top of the nation's agenda in the wake of the deaths of unarmed young man at the hands of police over the past year. It was the central question of the 2015 Harry Frank Guggenheim Conference on Crime in America, held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on Feb 9-10, 2015, […]

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Kids, Crime & Justice: Progress or Paralysis?

In the past year, news reports and academic studies have revealed startling conditions for juveniles at adult and youth detention facilities, systemic hurdles faced by teens whose parents are imprisoned, and institutional biases against students with behavioral issues. But the media has just started covering these troubling subjects. In an effort to educate journalists on the juvenile justice system twenty-Five U.S. reporters from print, online and broadcast outlets were awarded Reporting Fellowships to attend a conference Oct 6 & 7 […]

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The Challenge of Justice in the Americas

Latin American justice systems face a systemic and worsening crisis. Violent crime rates in many countries–particularly among juveniles–are among the world’s highest. The crisis is exacerbated by drug trafficking and related violence; but the roots lie much deeper–in an antiquated and poorly financed justice infrastructure, endemic corruption and badly trained police. As in the U.S., the press plays a crucial role in informing public debate and changing public policy. Sixteen editors and reporters from Mexico and Central American joined top […]

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2014 H.F. Guggenheim/John Jay Prize for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting

David McSwane of the Herald-Tribune and Megan O'Matz and John Maines of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel are the winners of the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim 2013-2014 Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Awards. The prizes, administered by John Jay's Center on Media, Crime and Justice (CMCJ), recognize print and online justice reporting that has had a noteworthy impact on public policy or debate during the year. J. David McSwane, of the Sarasota Herald -Tribune, won the 2013 John Jay Excellence […]

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2014 H.F. Guggenheim Conference on Crime in America

More than 30 top practitioners, academics and private-sector leaders joined 20 journalists for two days of candid discussion on the lingering failures and inequities of the system and the economic impact those failures have had –not just on those who are released from prison, but on their families and neighborhoods— at the 9th annual John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. The Feb 10-11 symposium, sponsored by […]