If you cover criminal justice, you know that the U.S. incarcerates more individuals per capita than any other nation. But did you know that a large percentage of the incarcerated are behind bars because they are unable to pay bail, or to come up with accumulated fees and fines associated with both felony and non-felony convictions?
The phenomenon of America’s 21st-century “Debtor Prisons” is often obscured by the attention to other areas of justice reform, but a closer look could produce compelling stories for your readers or listeners. Several journalists have already begun probing the issue and its impact, but there’s a lot more to cover in communities around the nation.
The Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College is offering up to 25 Reporting Fellowships to U.S.-based journalists to participate in a symposium and workshop, entitled “Cash Register Justice”, on March 7-8, 2019 with selected policymakers, researchers and practitioners with special expertise on the issue. The yearlong competitive fellowships will support travel and accommodation to New York City for the conference, and additional research help for reporters once they return to their home outlets.
Visit The Crime Report webpage, which has details about applying and the application form.
PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for applications is February 15.