Announcing Winners of the 2021 Distinguished Achievement & Media for a Just Society Awards
Evident Change is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Distinguished Achievement Award and Media for a Just Society Awards—given annually to recognize profound insight into the realities of social systems in the United States. These awards recognize media that further public understanding of adult justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, and adult protection issues.
What We Know: Solutions From Our Experiences in the Justice System is the winner of this year’s Distinguished Achievement Award. Co-edited by Vivian Nixon and Daryl V. Atkinson, the book brings together essays from two dozen people who were formerly incarcerated. What We Know offers solutions to an array of problems endemic to the US adult justice system. Some of the solutions are simple; some are more complex. However, they all come from the perspective of those with lived experience in the system.
The Media for a Just Society Awards recognize media in the categories of book, film, journalism, media by a person who is incarcerated, podcast/radio, TV/video, and youth media.
This year’s winners are:
Privilege and Punishment: How Race and Class Matter in Criminal Court
The Prison Within
Katherin Hervey and Erin Kenway
Gravitas Ventures/Raw Love Productions
“When Innocent Until Proven Guilty Costs $400 a Month—and Your Freedom”
Aaron Cantu and Steenz
MEDIA BY A PERSON WHO IS INCARCERATED
“Escaping the Odds Podcast (Episodes 5 and 6)”
Escaping the Odds
Michael K. Williams and Molly Crabapple
The Marshall Project
Evident Change commends all the finalists and winners for creating media that avoid sensationalism and instead look deeper, consider trends, and offer insight into our systems' problems and solutions. Congratulations!