The Connecticut Mirror is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet with a very clear mission: Produce deep reporting on government policies and politics, to become an invaluable resource for anyone who lives, works or cares about Connecticut, and to hold our policymakers accountable for their decisions and actions. The Mirror’s staff consists of award-winning editors and reporters with decades of experience in Connecticut newsrooms or working for other national or state news operations.
The Connecticut Mirror
Location: * Northeast, Connecticut
Beat: Mental health and criminal justice
Position: The Report for America corps member is paired with our data editor, supported by our health care and justice reporters, and explores the intersection of mental health and criminal justice. First, the reporter frames the issue through data acquisition and analysis (scope, incidence, key characteristics, police policies). Second, the reporter identifies key questions to investigate in four areas: interfacing with police, judicial system, incarceration and re-entry. The reporter takes the lead in exploring these questions. In the final three months, the reporter does deeper dives into one or two of these questions, based on findings. The reporter’s body of work will answer questions related to justice system practices, processes, structure and impact on people. This work starts and informs conversations about potential systems changes among policy-makers, advocates, people living at the intersection of mental health and criminal justice and Connecticut residents at large.
Reporter: Kelan Lyons