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Rahsaan Thomas, an imprisoned journalist, has long fought to change the way outside media describe people in prison. One of his toughest crowds? His fellow reporters.
While we have to be aware that any word we choose has influence, no amount of Googling will reveal the magic word that brings justice into American prisons.
Rethinking the words journalists use to talk about people who are currently or previously incarcerated.
Journalism is a discipline of clarity. That’s why we’ve solidified our policy about how we talk about people who are currently in or have previously been in prison and jail.
I didn’t always detest this term. But hearing officers use it as an insult reminded me to call incarcerated people — including myself — by our names.
Commentary April 18, 2016
From David Simon's Baltimore anguish to elite police fraternities to teens behind bars.
Justice Talk March 24, 2016
Brush up for our March 30th chat on solitary confinement by reading some of the most crucial journalism on the issue.
Justice Talk February 22, 2016
Key background reading before our discussion on predictive policing on Wednesday, February 24th.
Justice Talk February 21, 2016
Our first discussion will be Wednesday, Feb. 24, on how the police predict crime.
News and Awards February 14, 2016
“An Unbelievable Story of Rape” honored in justice reporting category.