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In 2016, we embarked on an investigative journalism diversity initiative with Fund for Investigative Journalism with support from the Ford Foundation. Below are some resulting investigations by our senior fellows on criminal justice and women's rights. And read more about our new cohort of fellows here.

new-yorker-logoLISA ARMSTRONG: "A Teen-Ager in Solitary Confinement," The New Yorker, Dec. 4. “About two-thirds of incarcerated juveniles have at least one mental illness, and many of them end up in solitary confinement… Mental illness can be exacerbated by isolation, which leads to behavioral issues and subsequent punishment for disciplinary infractions, which in turn leads to more time in solitary confinement, with the cycle perpetuating itself.” Armstrong received research support on the subject of juvenile incarceration from Schuster Institute research assistant Isaac Satin.

usatoday-logoLOTTIE JOINER'S MULTIMEDIA SERIES ON RECIDIVISM: Why do so many people end up back in prison after serving time? Joiner set out to answer that question. The result was an 8-part series told through narrative, video, audio and infographics and published in USA Today starting June 19, 2017. In the U.S., she found,"men, women, children get caught in revolving door of incarceration at rate that exceeds nearly all other nations.”  Joiner received research support from Schuster Institute research assistants Lilly Hecht and Mya Goodman.

new-york-jewish-week-mediaMICHELE CHABIN: “Doomed At Birth,” The New York Jewish Week, Feb. 12. “For some Jews, ‘mamzer’ is more than a curse word. It’s a life sentence of secrecy, stigma and shame." According to Jewish law, any child born out of wedlock is labeled a mamzer, an outsider who can “only marry another mamzer or a convert” and whose status passes on indefinitely to their descendants. A number of largely Orthodox Jewish activists are demanding that "the world's rabbis use their authority to find a comprehensive, universally accepted solution to mamzerut... ‘Mamzerut is at the very core of… Jewish patriarchy and the control male rabbis maintain over Jewish women's bodies and behavior.’" Chabin received research support from Schuster Institute research assistants Jared Kraay and Leah Teichberg-Sabath.

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