Two organizations launched programs to support journalists reporting on jail issues. In March, the Poynter Institute, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge and in partnership with the Vera Institute of Justice and The Marshall Project, began regional workshops for reporters called “A Journalist’s Guide to Covering Jails.”The Poynter Institute, “Poynter Receives Grant From MacArthur Foundation to Launch Free Workshop Series About Covering Local Jails,” press release (St. Petersburg, FL: The Poynter Institute, March 14, 2018).
The goal of the workshops is to urge journalists to focus attention on local jails and to “provide reporters with the tools and data they need to examine the use and misuse of county jails.”Ibid.; and Al Tompkins, “Why Journalists Should Cover Local Jails,” The Poynter Institute, June 22, 2018. Further training events in this series will be held by the Poynter in 2019 and 2020. In July, John Jay College’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice launched a year-long media fellowship program designed to give journalists in rural areas more resources to investigate the growth of jails and to suggest policy remedies and alternatives.The Crime Report, “Covering America’s Jail Crisis,” Twenty-eight journalists were selected as “Reporting Fellows.”The Crime Report, “Covering America’s Jail Crisis,” In September, one attendee, Ben Kleppinger, reported on jail overcrowding at the Boyle County Detention Center in Danville, Kentucky.Ben Kleppinger, “Report Blames Kentucky’s 50th Circuit Court for Jail Overcrowding,” Advocate-Messenger, September 26, 2018.