Lee Enterprises honored Sentinel reporter Joshua Vaughn Tuesday with a 2016 President's Award for Excellence in News. Vaughn received the award for his monthly Digital Data packages as part of The Sentinel's ongoing "Closer Look" series that runs every week. In these packages, Vaughn uses data to dig deeper into issues, such as race and crime, overdose deaths, sex offender registration, bail policies and incarceration. "The sex offender package intrigued me because I came in with preconceived notions," Vaughn said. "The more I researched it, the more those notions were upended."
The Sentinel takes a closer look at the efficacy, impact and evidence behind sex offender registries, strategies to prevent sexual violence against children and how courts have changed their views in dealing with juvenile offenders.