Announcing Winners of the 2018 Media for a Just Society Awards, Distinguished Achievement Award


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Announcing Winners of the 2018 Media for a Just Society Awards, Distinguished Achievement Award

December 4, 2018 | by NCCD

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. Winners are listed below in each of six categories.




Susan BurtonBOOK

Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women
The New Press
Susan Burton and Cari Lynn


Matt RuskinFILM

Crown Heights
Matt Ruskin



“From Prison to PhD: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones”
The Marshall Project
Eli Hager


Shankar VedantamRADIO

“Radio Replay: Crime as a Disease”
Hidden Brain, NPR
Shankar Vedantam


Matthew O’NeillTV/VIDEO

“Life on Parole”
Matthew O’Neill


Nyal MueenuddinYOUTH MEDIA

“Break the Cycle: The Power of Food to Interrupt the Revolving Prison Door
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of
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.



In conjunction with the 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.