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Monday, July 23, 2012

Ind. Courts - "NWI Times reporter wins award for coverage of children's issues"

The Indiana Judges Association has awarded its 2012 Commendation for Excellence in Public Information and Education to NWI Times investigative reporter Marisa Kwiatkowski. From the story:

Kwiatkowski's series of articles, titled Children in Peril, put a spotlight on how families throughout Indiana are struggling to find appropriate mental health services for their children.

To date, the articles have demonstrated how judges, prosecutors, public defenders, probation officers and others are frustrated by the limitations of the law in providing services for such children.

The articles also have illustrated how a number of families agreed — as a last, desperate measure — to plead guilty to neglect to get their children needed services.

Some others forced themselves into the court system by “abandoning” their children at a residential facility to make children with severe mental illnesses and/or developmental disabilities wards of the state.

Here is a long list of Ms. Kwiatkowski's stories that the ILB has featured.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 23, 2012 11:48 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts