Miami Herald’s ‘Fight Club’ Investigation of Juvenile Lockups Gets Media Award

Carol Marbin Miller, a Miami Herald senior investigative reporter, was honored by the National Council on Crime & Delinquency for her special report “Fight Club,” an investigation of Florida’s juvenile justice system. The story earlier won this year’s John Jay/H.F. Guggenheim Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting.

The National Council on Crime & Delinquency (NCCD) has honored Carol Marbin Miller, a Miami Herald senior investigative reporter, for her special report “Fight Club”  in conjunction with its annual Media for a Just Society awards.

Carol Marbin Miller

Carol Marbin Miller. Photo by Al Diaz, Miami Herald.

The report, an investigation of Florida’s juvenile justice system that disclosed disturbing practices by the staff of juvenile lockups and led to the passage of reform bills by the Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee, won the 2018 John Jay/HF Guggenheim Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting earlier this year.

The NCCD, citing a “superior piece of media,” gave Miller the “Distinguished Achievement Award. ” Miller’s co-writer on the report was Audra Burch.

Other prizes awarded by the NCCD went to Susan Burton for the book, “Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women;” to Matt Ruskin for the film “Crown Heights;” to Eli Hager of The Marshall Project for the story, “From Prison to PhD: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones.”

Other winners were Shankar Vendantam for the NPR story, “Radio Replay: Crime as a Disease;” to Matthew O’Neill of Frontline and Boston’s WGBH for “Life on Parole;” and Nyal Mueenuddin of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for “Break the Cycle: The Power of Food to Interrupt the Revolving Prison Door.”