2016 Finalists


2016 Finalists

NCCD is proud to announce this year’s finalists for the annual Media for a Just Society Awards. These awards are the only national recognition of media whose work furthers public understanding of social justice issues. Finalists were chosen from more than 150 nominations and submissions in seven categories.


Bastards of the Reagan Era
Four Way Books
Reginald Dwayne Betts

No House to Call My Home: Love, Family, and Other Transgressions
Nation Books
Ryan Berg

Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice
Crown Publishers
Adam Benforado


Missing Threads: The Story of the Wisconsin Indian Child Welfare Act
Rucinski & Reetz Communication
Susan Reetz

Paper Tigers
KPJR Films
James Redford

Prison Kids: Juvenile Justice in America
Connie Fossi-Garcia
Alissa Figueroa
Keith Summa

Print/Online Journalism – Longform

”The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration”
The Atlantic
Ta-Nehisi Coates

”The New Science of Sentencing”
The Marshall Project
Anna Maria Barry-Jester
Ben Casselman
Dana Goldstein

“The Running Man”
Urbanite Magazine
Michael Anft

Print/Online Journalism – Shortform

“Why One of Clark County’s Largest Mental Health Providers Is Juvenile Justice System”
Las Vegas Sun
Jackie Valley

“How did these four kids get drastically different punishments for one crime?”
Alissa Figueroa

“How Mass Incarceration Creates ‘Million Dollar Blocks’ in Poor Neighborhoods”
The Washington Post
Emily Badger


”Children in Crisis: Child Welfare in the Ocean State”
Rhode Island Public Radio
Kristin Gourlay

“From Detention to Detainment in Virginia”
Center for Public Integrity
Susan Ferriss and Ben Wieder
Jocelyn Frank and Deborah George

“The Problem We All Live With, Parts 1 and 2”
This American Life
Nikole Hannah-Jones

TV/ Video

Shell Shocked
America ReFramed and World Channel
John Richie

“This is Crazy: Criminalizing Mental Health”
Brave New Films
Regina Clemente
Robert Greenwald

“'They Treated Me Like A Person': Inside the Red Hook Community Justice Center”
Center for Court Innovation
Robert Wolf

Youth Media

Keep Ya Head Up
Youth Breaking Borders, Youth Producers
Global Action Project

“Fixing Foster Care”
Represent Magazine, Youth Communication
Virgen Nuñez

Unlocked: An Investigation Into Juvenile Incarceration and Its Alternatives
Youth Radio
Brett Myers
Soraya Shockley