Dangerous and Mentally Ill
Entrants: Carol Smith
Affiliation: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Medium Newspapers (90,000-250,000 circ.)
Place: Second Place
Carol Smith's stories focused on different aspects of a system that led to a random killing by a severely mentally ill man with a history of violence.
Judges' comments: Carol Smith of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer offers a beautifully painful series exposing the fault lines in the nation's treatment services for the mentally ill. This a tough and chronic issue to take on, but Smith masterfully captivates readers with the real-life stories of people affected by mental illness. The writing is superb.
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