The Imprint Wins Impact In Journalism Award For Investigation Into Abusive Residential Facilities
The story, "Far from Home, Far from Safe," (https://imprintnews.org/
The months-long investigation began when reporters at The Imprint and The San Francisco Chronicle each received tips that the California governor had ordered an emergency evacuation of the state's youth from Lakeside Academy, one of several campuses across the country run by Sequel.
Three weeks after the reporters sent the California Department of Social Services a thorough memo outlining their findings, the agency announced it would decertify all out-of-state residential treatment programs and bring 116 children back (https://imprintnews.org/
Shortly thereafter, state lawmakers approved $8.1 million (https://imprintnews.org/
To date, the reporting by The Imprint and The San Francisco Chronicle has resulted in the return home of 133 youth from unsafe facilities, and three of Sequel's residential campuses have closed, including its flagship Clarinda Academy in Iowa.
"It is an honor to play a role in shedding light on this critical issue and see policy shift as a result," said Sara Tiano, reporter for The Imprint. "I'm grateful to the Sacramento Press Club for recognizing the work, and most importantly, to the courageous young people who share their stories with us in hopes of making things better for others — we couldn't do this without their strong voices."