Rappleye, Riordan Seville, and Aronczyk Named Soros Justice Fellows

May 23, 2012 | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Alumni Hannah Rappleye and Lisa Riordan Seville from the Class of ’10 and radio instructor Amanda Aronczyk have received Soros Justice Fellowships from the Open Society Foundation.

The $1.5 million in total awards supports investigative journalists, lawyers, academics, grassroots organizers, policy advocates, and filmmakers working to advance fairness and transparency in the U.S. criminal justice system. Media winners receive stipends between $50,000 and $70,000, in addition to funds for project-related expenses, health insurance, and other resources.

Riordan Seville and Rappleye will examine the nation’s evolving probation systems, including the rising demand for supervision and efforts to cut criminal justice costs in local jurisdictions.

Aronczyk will produce a radio documentary and report on the financial barriers people face upon leaving prison and how this impacts families and communities.