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Dangerous and Mentally Ill

Entrants: Carol Smith

Affiliation: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Medium Newspapers (90,000-250,000 circ.)

Year: 2008

Place: Second Place

Provide a brief synopsis of the story or stories, including any significant findings.

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.

Read "Dangerous and Mentally Ill."

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