Center for Media Justice and the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) are proud to announce that not one, but two MAG-Net members are being awarded prestigious 2017 Soros Justice Fellowships!

Soros Justice Fellowships fund outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system.

Congratulations to James Kilgore of Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center (UCIMC) and Hannah Sassaman of Media Mobilizing Project on this incredible honor.  

Read more about these Soros Justice Fellows below:

James Kilgore is a long-time UCIMC member. Kilgore’s work for Open Society will focus on building a national campaign on the use of electronic monitoring (EM) in the criminal legal system. He has been researching electronic monitoring since spending a year on a monitor as a condition of his own parole 2009-10. Center for Media Justice will co-host his project work, along with UCIMC, on Challenging E-Carceration – an incredible online resource that aims to change the conversation and policy concerning electronic monitoring and surveillance in the criminal legal system.

Hannah Sassaman is policy director at Media Mobilizing Project. Sassaman won a Soros Justice Fellowship for her organizing around algorithmic accountability in criminal justice. As Philadelphia pursues major policy initiatives to decarcerate thousands, Sassaman and vital community coalition partners are working to shape and limit, from an impacted community perspective, how “predictive algorithms” using race, and factors correlated with it, impact decisions about who stays locked up, and who goes home.

Congratulations again and thank you for your incredible work!

Read press releases from UCIMC and Media Mobilizing Project here.


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