Miami Herald investigative reporter Julie K. Brown has been recognized with an RFK Journalism Award for her ongoing series on deaths and questionable use of force in Florida’s prison system.
The series, “Cruel and Unusual,” won in the domestic print category in the 47th annual annual awards given out by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. The Washington-based center collaborates with universities, legal clinics and non-governmental organizations to educate on issues of human-rights issues and press for change.
Last month, Brown was honored with a National Headliner Award, taking first place in Local Beat coverage. In February, she won a George Polk Award for Justice Reporting for her coverage, sharing the honor with the New York Times for its report on abuse in city jails.
After several of Brown’s articles were published, the state Department of Corrections began work with Florida inmates suffering from mental illnesses, discharged dozens of corrections officers and ordered a study on the use of force.