2020 Finalists


2020 Finalists

Evident Change is proud to announce the finalists for the 2020 Media for a Just Society Awards. Each year, we recognize media from across the United States that further public understanding of Evident Change’s focus areas, including child welfare, juvenile justice, adult justice, and adult protection. Many of these topics are covered regularly by the media, yet their treatment is often sensationalized and not representative of system issues the public should care about. The media we recognize look deeper, consider trends, and offer insight. For many years, the Media for a Just Society Awards have been given in the categories of book, film, print/online journalism, radio, television/video, and youth media. This year we have added a new category for those who write and create other media while incarcerated. We believe their unique perspectives are crucial to understanding and improving the nation’s social systems.


Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration
Emily Bazelon
Random House

Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanors System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal
Alexandra Natapoff
Basic Books

You Can't Stop the Revolution: Community Disorder and Social Ties in Post-Ferguson America
Andrea Boyles
University of California Press


College Behind Bars
Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
Dr. Monique Morris and Jacoba Atlas
A Woman in the Room Productions

When They See Us
Ava DuVernay


Bound by Statute
Ko Bragg

Living in Fear
Samantha Melamed and Dylan Purcell
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Throwaway Kids
Laura Bauer and Judy Thomas
The Kansas City Star


A Desperate Bargain
Juliana Schatz Preston
Type Investigations

Jemele Hill Is Unbothered, Podcast Episode 19: The System Is the Villain
Jemele Hill
Spotify Podcasts

Emily Corwin
New Hampshire Public Radio

Ashley Hamilton
DU Prison Arts Initiative


America ReFramed: Pyne Poynt
Steve Patrick Ercolani and Gabe Dinsmoor
American Documentary, Inc.

Mentally Ill Prisoners Are Dying. Are Private Health Care Companies to Blame?
Lisa Armstrong and Yasu Tsuji
CBS News

Youth In Action: RISE for Youth
Jim Miller
Brave New Films


"Claiming the Life I Deserve: I was raped and trafficked, but I wasn't silenced"
Marreka M. Beckett
Youth Communication: Represent

"Naomi Wadler on Standing in Her Power One Year After the March for Our Lives"
Naomi Wadler
Teen Vogue

"'You Won't Kill Me.' The Repetitive Reality of Police Brutality Cases"
Hong Ta, Essey Paulos, and Marian Mohamed
RadioActive Youth Media/KUOW Public Radio


"Fields of Blood: My Life as a Prison Laborer"
Timothy D.V. Bazrowx
The Marshall Project

"I Spent 20 Years on Death Row"
Frederick Paine
Prison Writers

"The Case for Why Violent Offenders Deserve Parole"
Joseph Dole
Prison Writers