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 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 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. You can find out more information, and an application form, at https://thecrimereport.org/cash-register-justice/ or of course you can contact Maurice Possley, journalism coordinator directly at the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Director, Center on Media, Crime & Justice
John Jay College Media Fellowship Program on Fines & Fees
PS: More information about the fellowship is available here. Selected Fellows will be required to attend both days of the conference.
The applications should include:
· A short (100-150) word biography
· A brief project pitch
· A supporting letter from editor
Deadline for applications is Friday, July 19, 2019 by 11:59 P.M. ET.
Fellowships will be announced in early August 2019.