By Perla Arellano
There are many stories behind prison bars. Prison gangs, medical care, autopsy records, and flawed prison programs are just a few of the ideas offered at a panel sponsored by Criminal Justice Journalists. But getting access to the information inside prisons to build the story at some times may seem impossible.
The Criminal justice: Prisons session had Scott Henson from Grits for Breakfast Blog, Kirk Mitchell from The Denver Post, Jessica Pupovac from the National Public Radio, Mike Ward from Austin American-Statesman, and Abe Levy from San Francisco Express-News as the moderator.
The panel was about the difficulties a journalist might face while looking for information on prisons and jails.
Pupovac, who also collected information over the access of information in prisons for the Society of Professional Journalist, offered a few tips:
To read Jessica Pupovac's collected data from SPJ, http://www.spj.org/prisonaccess.asp.
Perla Arellano is a journalistm student at Amarillo College.