2022 Finalists

Evident Change is proud to announce the finalists for the 2022 Media for a Just Society Awards.

Each year, we recognize media from across the United States that further public understanding of Evident Change’s focus areas, including child welfare, youth justice, adult justice, and adult protection. Many of these topics are covered regularly by the media, yet their treatment is often sensationalized and not representative of system issues the public needs to understand. The media we recognize look deeper, analyze trends, and offer insight. Media for a Just Society Awards are given in the categories of book, film, journalism, media by a person who is incarcerated, podcast/radio, television/video, and youth media.


The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth
Kristin Henning
Georgetown Law

“Prisons Make Us Safer”: And 20 Other Myths About Mass Incarceration
Victoria Law
Beacon Press

Somebody’s Daughter: A memoir
Ashley C. Ford
‎Flatiron Books


Jennifer Redfearn
Red Antelope Films

For Love
Mary Teegee
Carrier Sekani Family Services & Walk Tall Productions, Inc.

The Unforgivable
Nora Fingscheidt

The First Step
Brandon and Lance Kramer
Meridian Hill Pictures


Invisible Kid
Maddy Crowell
Atavist Magazine

Halim Flowers Was Given Two Life Sentences at 17. Decades Later His Art Is Shown in Galleries Worldwide
Elliot C. Williams

She Supported Her Child Being Trans. So the State Separated Them.
Roxanna Asgarian


They can never lock your mind up.’ Three stories from juvenile jail
KUOW’s RadioActive Youth Media

Michigan needs ‘Second Look’ legislation, I’m just one example of why
Susan Brown
Lansing State Journal

When The Prison Banned Board Games, We Played Chess in Our Minds
Harlin Pierce
The Marshall Project   


Hear Us
Erica Nelson
Race to Equity, Dane County

Nora McInerny
Terrible, Thanks for Asking

Criminalizing Mental Illness
Andrew Stelzer
KALW Radio


America ReFramed: Five Years North
Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci
American Documentary Inc.

America ReFramed: Sisters Rising
Willow O’Feral and Brad Heck
American Documentary Inc.

Racially Charged: American’s Misdemeanor Problem
Robert Greenwald
Brave New Films


Not Allowed to Be a Kid
Amaru Howard
Youth Communication NYC

Breaking Free of My Mom To Be My Real Self
Miles Dale
Youth Communication

When I Lived in a Shelter, I Still Kept My Head Held High
Sirsy Galarza
Youth Communication NYC