Every year, the Michigan Press Association recognizes outstanding journalism. This year, a contributor to our own Michigan Capitol Confidential was one of the honorees.
Anne Schieber’s collection of stories on civil asset forfeiture highlighted the troubles of Michiganders who lost property at the hands of law enforcement even though they were not charged with a crime. She tackled the policy from all angles, even interviewing a retired state police officer. Her work on the topic contributed to the passage of stricter forfeiture laws in fall 2015 and earned second place in the category of News Enterprise Reporting (Weekly/Specialty A) in the Better Newspaper Contest.
Judges of the contest described the entry as “a good topic that is certainly of importance to the public.”