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Illustration of a man sitting with his head down, looking sad
November 3, 2021 | Text by Steenz and Aaron Miguel Cantú, Illustrated by Steenz
Reporter Aaron Miguel Cantú and illustrator Steenz teamed up to create When Innocent Until Proven Guilty Costs $400 a Month—and Your Freedom, which won the journalism category in the 2021 Media for a Just Society Awards. This is the first time a comic has received the award.      
Gilda Sheppard, image from Since I Been Down
October 26, 2021 | Gilda Sheppard
“The role of the artist is like a lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of things you don’t see.” ― James Baldwin On my last days of filming a short documentary in a refugee camp in Ghana titled Women Together as One, one of the women leaders there, Helen, said, “You know, Sis Gilda, th…
Logo for the podcast "Escaping the Odds"
October 13, 2021 | Aaron Smith
Entrepreneurship has been an innate desire for me since childhood. Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, entrepreneurs were called “hustlers” and the products offered were an assortment of illegal products and illicit services. Nevertheless, it’s what I learned at the “school of hard knocks,” de…
African American woman on phone at her desk
October 12, 2021 | Evident Change
“Better safe than sorry.” That sentiment likely explains why 43% of community members surveyed had called the New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) Child Protective Services (CPS) about concerns that did not involve child abuse or neglect.  Whether to report a concern abo…
No way out, Covid behind bars
September 30, 2021 | Keri Blakinger
The genesis of No Way Out: COVID-19 Behind Bars was an angry call from a screaming spokesperson—and WFAA-TV reporter Tanya Eiserer was the unlucky recipient. Because it was a spokesperson I’d been dealing with for several years, Tanya called me for advice. Afterward we started chatting and realized…
Elizabeth Hawes
September 22, 2021 | Elizabeth Hawes
A pandemic death count does not show the daily suffering of people who were imprisoned during this time. While a formidable chunk of my work generally revolves around the documentation of mass incarceration, this past year I focused on stories that showed the humanity or the lack of humanity around…
Film image, with the filmakers names, an image of an African American man looking into the distance, and the awards the film has won.
September 15, 2021 | Katherin Hervey and Erin Kenway
The Prison Within aims to shatter the perception of Us and Them as divided and defined by prison walls—walls designed not only to keep people in, but to keep society out. The physical separation from society does not originate from a place of public safety but from the belief that those imprisoned a…
Matthew Clair and the cover of he book
September 8, 2021 | Matthew Clair
I wrote Privilege and Punishment: How Race and Class Matter in Criminal Court to understand and help to improve the lives of people who experience being processed as a defendant in our nation’s criminal courts. Over the past half century, the number of people arrested and processed in our nation’s c…
A young, black person looks at the water near a bridge.
August 18, 2021 | Jess Abercrombie
The data we choose to collect are indicative of our values and beliefs. Over the past few years, I’ve become increasingly curious about the information that is collected on me in various settings: doctor’s office intake forms, paperwork for government identification, job and rental applications, etc…
Three hands, one on top of the other.
August 2, 2021 | Evident Change
With the aim of growing a new cadre of social justice researchers, Evident Change recently recruited students from across the country at all levels of higher education. These interns and research assistants will develop, or support development of, publications or instruments that benefit Evident Cha…