Announcing the 2017 Award Winners

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Announcing the 2017 Award Winners

November 13, 2017 | by NCCD

NCCD is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award and the Media for a Just Society Awards—given annually to recognize meaningful insight into the complexities of US social systems.

This year’s Distinguished Achievement Award winner is Shane Bauer, for his article, “My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard,” published in Mother Jones. Shane’s harrowing personal account illuminates one of the darkest areas of our criminal justice system. He was selected from among all Media for a Just Society Award nominations and submissions to receive the award by an impressive panel of guest judges.

The Media for a Just Society Awards are the only national recognition of media whose work furthers public understanding of criminal justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, and adult protection issues. We seek stories that illustrate current realities or the promise of reform, especially those that help people understand the complex issues surrounding our social systems.

Categories include book, film, print/online journalism, radio, television/video, and youth media. Past winners include author Nell Bernstein (Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison); filmmaker Malik Vitthal (Imperial Dreams); journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates (“The Case for Reparations”); author Michelle Alexander (The New Jim Crow); David Simon (creator of HBO’s The Wire); and other illustrious journalists, writers, and filmmakers.

Learn about this year's winners here and more about our Distinguished Achievement Award winner here.