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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.

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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 2014 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City on how to report on this topic. The  symposium, “Kids, Crime & Justice: Progress or Paralysis?” focused on how law enforcement, school officials and social service practitioners can apply research and best practices to dealing with troubled youth.

The unique fellowships, organized by John Jay’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice (CMCJ), are aimed at promoting top-quality journalism on juvenile justice issues. The first juvenile justice reporting fellowship program was organized by CMCJ and Tow in 2012.

 Speakers said that a key factor in reducing the number of youths jailed or placed in detention is the recognition that adolescents who misbehave don’t necessarily belong in the criminal justice system. Often, incarceration is used as the state-ordered solution for youths who misbehave because they suffer from mental illness, according to Elizabeth Cauffman, a professor of sociology and social behavior, at the University of California Irvine School of Social Ecology. She spoke to journalists alongside other panelists which included Shaena Fazal, National Policy Director of Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.; Laurence Steinberg, Professor, Temple University; Marc Schindler, Executive Director, Justice Policy Institute; and Linda Tucci Teodosio, Judge, Summit County Ohio Juvenile Court.   Dr. John Deasy, Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, and Tracie Keesee, co-founder of the Center of Policing Equity, headed the list of speakers.

Fellows also attended two workshops on data visualization and engaging your audience through social media hosted by CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Workshops were run by Amanda Hickman, director of data mining and visualization instruction at CUNY and Sandeep Junnarkar, director of interactive journalism

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A complete list of fellows that attended the conference can be found here.

Watch Dr. John Deasy, Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, deliver the keynote address below.

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The Challenge of Justice in the Americas

Sixteen editors and reporters from Central America and Mexico joined top experts and academics in criminal justice at a two-day workshop in Washington DC.  Attendees discussed innovative approaches and best practices underway in the U.S. in sentencing, courts and penal reform, juvenile justice. These areas are now at the forefront of efforts to transform criminal justice administration and practice in Mexico and Central America.

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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.

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2014 H.F. Guggenheim Conference on Crime in America

More than 30 top practitioners, academics and private-sector leaders will 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.

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Under the Gun: Guns Laws, Gun Violence and the Media

Reporters and editors from across the nation gathered for a roundtable,"Under the Gun, Gun Violence, Gun Laws and the Media," hosted by the Center of Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice to discuss the debate surrounding guns. Academics, legislators, law enforcement, medical professionals, and not-for-profit professionals participated in a series of diverse panels focusing on different approaches, including   American Trauma: Gun Violence, Public Health and Mental Illness;  Guns, Gangs and Kids: Tackling Gun Safety in a Culture of Violence and Gun Economics, Technology, Public Safety and the Market.

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