Announcing the 2021 Media for a Just Society Award Finalists

Announcing the 2021 Media for a Just Society Award Finalists

September 8, 2021 | by Evident Change

The Media for a Justice Society Awards plaques sitting on a table.

Evident Change is proud to announce the finalists for the 2021 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, juvenile 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 should care about. The media we recognize look deeper, consider trends, and offer insight. The Media for a Just Society Awards are given in the categories of book, film, media by a person who is incarcerated, print/online journalism, radio, television/video, and youth media.


The Shadow System: Mass Incarceration and the American Family
Sylvia A. Harvey
Bold Type Books

Privilege and Punishment: How Race and Class Matter in Criminal Court
Matthew Clair
Stanford University


Growing Up Milwaukee 
Tyshun Wardlaw
HBO/Wardlaw Productions

The Prison Within
Katherin Hervey
Gravitas Ventures/Raw Love Productions

Since I Been Down
Gilda Sheppard


Only a Mile and a Big World Separated Us
D. Watkins
Huffington Post

When Innocent Until Proven Guilty Costs $400 a Month—and Your Freedom
Aaron Cantu and Steenz

Will the Coronavirus Make Us Rethink Mass Incarceration?
Sarah Stillman
The New Yorker


Here’s What Happens When You Grow up in Prison
Dusstin Longtin
Prison Writers

Minding the Gap
Elizabeth Hawes
Pen America

Little Gardens
Nick Browning
Pen America      


Escaping the Odds Podcast (Episodes 5 and 6)
Aaron Smith
Escaping the Odds

Kids Imprisoned (Episodes 1 and 2)
Anthony J. Wallace, Katherine Sypher, Patrick Linehan
Carnegie-Knight News21

Reform and Its Discontents
Matt Watkins
Center for Court Innovation


The Innocence Files
Roger Ross Williams, Liz Garbus, Alex Gibney

No Way Out: COVID-19 Behind Bars        
Keri Blakinger and Tanya Eiserer
The Marshall Project

The Zo
Michael K. Williams and Molly Crabapple
The Marshall Project


Interventions Helpful and Not”           
Youth Communication

Noel Anaya
YR Media

How a Few Words From My Attorney Made a Difference”              
Cristal Ramirez
National Association of Counsel for Children