A Journalist's Guide to Covering Jails - New Orleans, Louisiana
Local jails are the gateway to the U.S. justice system. They are overloaded, overused and, while they were intended to house people who were deemed to be a societal danger or a flight risk before trial, they have become warehouses, often for people who have not been convicted of a crime but cannot afford to bail themselves out. In some cities, jails are filled with people who suffer from addictions and mental illness.

This intensive two-day workshop will focus on understanding the causes and consequences of local jail incarceration and some ways that communities are addressing the issues.

The Poynter Institute is partnering with The Marshall Project and the Vera Institute of Justice. The workshop is supported by the MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge.

You must apply and be selected to attend. You must also commit to attending the entire seminar, participating and taking your knowledge back to your newsroom to teach others and using it in your reporting.

* Mon., April 8: Travel to New Orleans, Louisiana
* Tue., April 9: 9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
* Wed., April 10: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
** More logistics details will be sent to those selected to attend. Everyone will be notified of their status after the application deadline.

The Poynter Institute is partnering with the Vera Institute of Justice and The Marshall Project. MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge will cover tuition, hotel and most meal expenses for all participants. We welcome U.S. journalists from all media, market sizes and experience levels.

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