Gina Barton of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Trevor Aaronson of Mother Jones magazine are the winners of the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim 2012 Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Awards.
Trevor Aaronson of Mother Jones magazine won the 2012 Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Award (single-story category) for his investigation into the Federal Bureau of Investigation's 15,000 nationwide informants charged with spying on Muslim-American communities.
Read the Mother Jones magazine story,"The Informants" here.
Gina Barton of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel won the 2012 Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Award (series category) for "Both Sides of the Law," a multi-part series about lawbreakers on the Milwaukee police force. During an investigation that spanned over two years, Barton identified 93 officers on the force—from street cop to captain—who had been disciplined by the department for violating the laws and ordinances they were sworn to uphold.
Read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story,"Both Sides of the Law" here.
Runner-up in the single-entry category was awarded to Kelly Virella of City Limits Investigates for "Behind Bars: Love, Sex, Rape and New York's Women Prisoners," which investigated intimacy between prisoners and correction officers in New York State. Marisa Taylor and Michael Doyle of the McClatchy Newspapers Washington bureau, were runners-up in the series category for "Military Injustice," which revealed troubling flaws in the military justice system.
Read the City Limits Investigates "Behind Bars: Love, Sex, Rape and New York's Women Prisoners" story here.
Read the McClatchy Newspapers Washington bureau story "Military Injustice," here.
The prize recipients were recognized at a special dinner in their honor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, Feb 6,2012, hosted by college president Jeremy Travis. Former New York Times Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse, now at Yale University, delivered keynote remarks.
Jurors for the John Jay Prize for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting are Ted Gest, President, Criminal Justice Journalists; Joe Domanick, Associate Director, Center on Media, Crime and Justice; Alexa Capeloto, Associate Professor, Journalism, John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Mansfield Frazier, Columnist, The Crime Report; and Jordan Smith, Reporter, Austin Chronicle.