Joseph Dole, Media For A Just Society Award Finalist

Evident Change is proud to announce the finalists for the 2020 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.

For many years, the Media for a Just Society Awards have been given in the categories of book, film, print/online journalism, radio, television/video, and youth media. This year we have added a new category for those who write and create other media while incarcerated.

We believe their unique perspectives are crucial to understanding and improving the nation’s social systems.


Why Violent Offenders Deserve Parole

Congrats to our co-founder Joseph Dole who was finalist for a Media For A Just Society Award from Evident Change for his essay “The Case For Why ‘Violent Offenders’ Deserve Parole.”

Thanks to Loen Kelley for submitting the entry. You can read it here…


Kamala Harris, Prosecutor’s Tale

Harris offered a pair of stories as evidence of the importance of a Black woman’s doing this work. Once, ear hustling, she listened to colleagues discussing ways to prove criminal defendants were gang-affiliated.

If a racial-profiling manual existed, their signals would certainly be included: baggy pants, the place of arrest and the rap music blaring from vehicles.

She said that she’d told her colleagues: “So, you know that neighborhood you were talking about? Well, I got family members and friends who live in that neighborhood. You know the way you were talking about how folks were dressed? Well, that’s actually stylish in my community.”

She continued: “You know that music you were talking about? Well, I got a tape of that music in my car right now.”