Ken Burns, Andrew Solomon, and notable journalists win the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s Media for a Just Society Awards

Oakland, CA  (All News Wire)  The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Media for a Just Society (MJS) Awards. NCCD’s MJS Awards are the only national recognition of media whose work furthers public understanding of criminal justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, and adult protection issues. This year, more than 100 entries from 38 different outlets competed for honors in the categories of book, film, magazine, newspaper, radio, TV/video, and web.

The winners are:

Book: Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption by Nancy Mullane, Clive Priddle, and Brandon Proia, PublicAffairs

Film: The Central Park Five, Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon, IFC Films

Magazine: “Solitary in Iran Nearly Broke Me. Then I Went Inside America’s Prisons,” Shane Bauer, James West, and Monika Bauerline, Mother Jones

Newspaper: “Will Juvenile Lifers Get a Second Chance?”, Alan Prendergast, Westword

Radio: “The Cost of Doing Time,” Amanda Aronczyk, John Biewen, and Jeremy Skeet, BBC World Service

TV/Video: “Law and Disorder,” Jesse Lava, Robert Greenwald, and Jordan Melograna, Brave New Foundation

Web: “The Other Death Sentence,” James Ridgeway, Mother Jones

In addition, Andrew Solomon, bestselling author of Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, will attend the MJS Awards ceremony on October 2 in San Francisco to accept the first Distinguished Achievement Award in Nonfiction.Alex Busansky, President of NCCD, said of Far From the Tree, “One of the book’s implicit goals is to show that our shared experience, as well as our individual lives, can be so much richer if we don’t label people in ways that, in the end, tell us very little about who they really are. NCCD’s work acknowledges the critical need to look past labels on a daily basis. The stories that Far From the Tree tells about how difficult it is for these children, their families, and society to accept the circumstances of their situations are quickly translated to the children and families who move through the systems that NCCD works with.”

This year’s winners were chosen by an accomplished panel of judges, who include eminent professionals from the fields of journalism, television, juvenile justice, and philanthropy:

  • Sonja Sohn, star of HBO’s The Wire and ABC’s Body of Proof, and founder of ReWired for Change;
  • Daniel Klaidman, national political and White House correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast and author of Kill or Capture;
  • Cory Johnson, Editor, Bloomberg Television;
  • Julio Marcial, Program Director, The California Wellness Foundation;
  • Liz Ryan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Campaign for Youth Justice; and
  • Quinn Delaney, founder and President, Akonadi Foundation.

The MJS Awards Ceremony will take place at the W Hotel in San Francisco on October 2 at 6 p.m. Tickets and sponsorships are available through NCCD. To purchase a ticket to the event, click here. To become a sponsor, click here.

About the National Council on Crime and Delinquency

NCCD promotes just and equitable social systems for individuals, families, and communities through research, public policy, and practice. For more information about NCCD, visit

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