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2018 Wrap-Up: NCCD’s Work Expands to Pretrial Reform, Data for Equity, and More
As 2018 comes to an end, NCCD would like to thank those who supported and partnered with us during the past year. With your help, we:
  • Brought ethics to the foreground in the national conversation on predictive analytics in child welfare.
  • Began work on pretrial justice reform, with a focus on decarceration and reduction of racial disparities.
  • Expanded our work around racial equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Embarked on our first Data for Equity pilot projects to help organizations use data to measure their efforts toward racial and economic equity.  
We have even more planned for 2019, and you can help sustain these efforts by making a financial contribution before year’s end.

Again, thank you for your support! We wish you a happy holiday season and the best for 2019.
  
 
Choosing a Pretrial Release Assessment
NCCD’s pretrial reform work focuses on fair and equitable treatment of people awaiting trial. Pretrial detention and cash bail are major contributors to mass incarceration and racial disparities in the justice system. People held in jail before trial, even for a short time, may experience loss of income, loss of employment, and other negative effects. These effects disproportionately impact lower-income families and communities as well as people of color.

Pretrial release assessment is one way to address issues of unfair treatment in this realm. However, pretrial release assessment is not a cure-all. NCCD believes pretrial assessment use must balance public safety and civil rights; decision making and transparency; and assessment validation, while also incorporating discussion of racial equity. For more guidance on pretrial release assessment implementation, read NCCD’s recent blog on the topic. 
  
 
Winners of the Media for a Just Society Awards
NCCD is thrilled to announce the winners of the 25th annual Media for a Just Society Awards, the only national recognition of media whose work furthers public understanding of criminal justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, and adult protection issues.

The 2018 winners are:
 
BOOK
Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women
The New Press
Susan Burton

FILM
Crown Heights
Matt Ruskin
 
JOURNALISM
“From Prison to PhD: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones”
The Marshall Project
Eli Hager
 
RADIO
“Radio Replay: Crime as a Disease”
Hidden Brain, NPR
Shankar Vedantam

TV/VIDEO
“Life on Parole”
FRONTLINE/WGBH/Boston
Matthew O’Neill

YOUTH MEDIA
“Break the Cycle: The Power of Food to Interrupt the Revolving Prison Door”
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Nyal Mueenuddin

NCCD congratulates these individuals, along with all the award finalists, for their fine work. The full list of finalists can be found here. Our current blog series, featuring posts from some of our finalists about their work, can be found here.

Interested in submitting your work to be considered for a 2019 Media for a Just Society Award? The submission deadline for works released in 2018 is December 31, 2018. An online entry form, available here, is required for each piece submitted.
  
 
Guest Judges Choose Miami Reporter to Receive Distinguished Achievement Award
In conjunction with the annual Media for a Just Society Awards, NCCD recognizes one superior piece of media, chosen by a panel of guest judges. The 2018 Distinguished Achievement Award goes to Carol Marbin Miller, a Miami Herald senior investigative reporter, for her special report titled “Fight Club.” This investigation into Florida’s juvenile justice system revealed a host of disturbing practices by juvenile lockup staff and led to the passage of a series of reform bills by the Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee.

Keith McQuirter, one of three guest judges and director of the Media for a Just Society Award-winning film Milwaukee 53206, said the report offered “incredible in-depth coverage of this issue that needs desperate attention. This work was eye-opening, heart wrenching, factual, and took the dedication of the journalist and the backing of the newspaper to bring it to print. In a world filled with entertainment-based journalism, it’s important to highlight reporting that gives time and depth to readers to keep them informed and lay out the case for institutional injustice.”

Joining McQuirter as guest judges were Beverly Walker, featured in Milwaukee 53206, and Melissa Potter, social impact director for the film. Learn more about our guest judges here.

NCCD congratulates Miller on winning the 2018 Distinguished Achievement Award and sincerely thanks our guest judges for their time and efforts.

  
  

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