If you read about 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 problem of “Cash Register Justice” is finally starting to attract attention from policymakers—and journalists. You may have heard that John Jay College’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice recently (March 6-7) organized a special media fellowship for reporters who want to learn more about the issue. It has already produced some major stories.
We’re now organizing a second round this Fall—September 26-27—and I’m writing to invite you to spread the word to journalists to apply. Our fellowship is open to all U.S.-based journalists, and it covers an all-expense-paid trip to New York City, as well as research and networking resources to help you dig deeper into any aspect of the issue that might resonate in your community.
The fellowship is competitive and, judging by the response to our first one, available spaces fill up quickly. We are limited to selecting between 15-20 journalists for each workshop. More information and an application form is at https://thecrimereport.org/cash-register-justice/ or of course you can contact me directly.
If you think this can help you deepen your coverage, or lead you to some productive stories, don’t delay! Our deadline is July 19. If you have questions, email or call. Please note, I am in the Pacific time zone.
John Jay College Media Fellowship Program on Fines & Fees
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