John Jay Symposium Tackles Public Perceptions of Crime

New York, NY – December 15, 2005 — Fox Butterfield, Pulitzer Prize Winner and former New York Times Correspondent, will be the keynote speaker at the first Annual Harry F. Guggenheim Symposium: Changing the View of Crime in America, to be hosted by John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He will speak at the luncheon on Friday, December 16 at noon.

According to Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, “This annual symposium gives us an opportunity to advance a candid dialogue among journalists, academics and practitioners on how they individually and collectively contribute to the public’s understanding of crime in America and, what steps we can all take to enhance the public’s perception.”

At this 2-day event (December 15-16), participants will examine the continued drop in crime, explore various explanations for these trends and discuss ways of collaborating to provide the public with a more accurate and useful picture of the crime problem.

Forum participants include: Alfred Blumstein, PhD, J. Erik Jonsson Professor of Urban Systems & Operations Research, Carnegie Mellon University; Ramiro Martinez, Jr. PhD, Associate Professor Criminal Justice and Public Health, Florida International University; Finn-Aage Esbensen, PhD, E. Desmond Lee Chair in Youth Crime and Violence, University of Missouri; Richard Rosenfeld, PhD, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri; Jeff Fagan, PhD, Professor of Law and Public Health, Columbia University; Andrew Karmen, PhD, Professor of Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Marcia Kramer, news reporter, WCBS-TV; Michael Farrell, Deputy Commissioner, New York City Police Department; Miguel Martinez, New York City Council Member. James Lynch, PhD, Professor of Law and Police Sciences, John Jay College of Criminal Justice will moderate the event.

The topics that they will explore include:
Recent Crime Trends in America
The Impact of the New Immigration on Crime
Crime Trends — The Role of Youth Gangs
The Impact of Order Maintenance Policing on Violent Crime Trends in NYC
Crime in New York City

As part of the program, the first “John Jay College Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting” Awards will be presented to a select group of print journalists in recognition of their crime reporting efforts on Thursday, December 15. The winners of this award are:

In the individual article category, David Bernstein of the Boston Phoenix for his article “The Worst Homicide Squad in the Country.”
In the series category, Sarah Huntley, Lou Kilzer, and Linda McConnell of the Rocky Mountain News for their 4-part series “Battered Justice.”
Honorable mentions were awarded to:
Judi Villa of the Arizona Republic for her news report “Adult Prisons Harden Teens.”
Flynn McRoberts, Steve Mills, and Maurice Possley of the Chicago Tribune for their 5-part series “Forensics Under the Microscope.”

The symposium is being underwritten by a grant from the Harry F. Guggenheim Foundation. The Harry F. Guggenheim Foundation, located in New York City, sponsors scholarly research on problems of violence, aggression, and dominance. The foundation provides both research grants to established scholars and dissertation fellowships to graduate students during the dissertation-writing year.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York is an international leader in educating for justice. It offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law.

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