Amy Solomon, Senior Advisor, Department of Justice; and Hon. Robert Russell, Presiding Judge at Drug Treatment Courts of Buffalo, N.Y. to speak on correctional health care and the Affordable Care Act at John Jay College

New York, NY, October 3, 2013 — Amy Solomon, U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Senior Advisor, and the Hon. Robert Russell, presiding judge of Buffalo, N.Y.’s Drug Treatment Courts and acting Erie County Court judge, head the list of speakers slated to examine how the Affordable Health Care Act will affect the criminal justice system at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City on Monday, October 21 through Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

They will be among nearly 30 policymakers, physicians and correctional experts from across the country appearing at “Health Behind Bars: What Obamacare Means for Justice-Involved Populations,” a special two-day symposium for criminal justice and health care journalists.

The symposium launches a year-long project designed to help reporters and editors from print, online and broadcast outlets nationwide cover this issue. Twenty journalists have been selected for the unique fellowships, which are administered by John Jay’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice (CMCJ). The Center’s mission, in part, is to encourage and promote excellence in criminal justice reporting.

Other scheduled conference include: Elizabeth Glazer, deputy director of public safety, New York State Office of Criminal Justice Services; Nicole Redmond M.D., M.P.H, Ph.D, University of Alabama Division of Preventative Health; Yale University’s Emily Wang, M.D., M.A.S., co-founder of the national Transitional Clinics Network; Julio Medina, M.Div., founder and executive director of Exodus Transitional Services in New York City; Therese Brumfield, vice president of provider operations for Nashville, Tenn.-based Corizon Correctional Health Care; Mercedes Smith, a former New York State prison inmate and outreach/policy specialist for Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Women on the Rise Telling Her Story; , Steve Rosenberg, founder and president, Community Oriented Correctional Health Services; and Elizabeth Gondles, Ph.D., health-care advisor at the American Correctional Association Coalition of Correctional Health Authorities.

“The new health care act will affect millions of Americans, but few people are aware that it could also mean a major difference for justice-involved populations and their families, “said Stephen Handelman, CMCJ director. “Our project is aimed at helping journalists tell all the dimensions of that story.”

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The Fellows will receive financial assistance or stipends that enable them to attend the conference and related events. Overall support for the conference and fellowships comes from the Langeloth Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Ford Foundation and the Public Welfare Foundation. These organizations did not participate in the review or selection of the fellows.

The 2013 John Jay/Langeloth Fellows are listed below.

2013 John Jay/Langeloth Reporting Fellows

(In alphabetical order)

Daffodil Altan, Center for Investigative Reporting

Lori Brasier, The Detroit Free Press

Trey Bundy, Center for Investigative Reporting

Megan Cassidy, Casper Star Tribune (Wyoming)

Terry Collins, Associated Press

Pedro Frisneda, El Diario

Gilman Halsted, Wisconsin Public Radio

Nora Hertel, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Lori Kersey, Charleston Gazette (West Virginia)

Victoria Law, (Freelance)

Anna Maria Barry-Jester, Univision

Simon McCormack, The Huffington Post

Patricia Murphy, KUOW(Seattle, WA)

Lekan Oguntoyinbo, The Crisis (Freelance)

Deanna Pan, The Pacific Northwest Inlander (Spokane,WA)

Louise Radnofsky, The Wall Street Journal

Yanick Rice Lamb, The Grio/

Eric Whitney, Colorado Public Radio/NPR (Freelance)

Jacque Wilson,

Elijah Wolfson, Medical Daily

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit

The Center on Media, Crime and Justice, established at John Jay College in 2006, is the nation’s only practice- and research-oriented think tank devoted to encouraging and developing high-quality reporting on criminal justice, and to promoting better-informed public debate on the complex 21st century challenges of law enforcement, public security and justice in a globalized urban society. For more information, visit or

The Langeloth Foundation The Foundation’s grant-making program is centered on the concepts of health and well-being. The Foundation’s purpose is to promote and support effective and creative programs, practices and policies related to healing from illness, accident, physical, social or emotional trauma, and to extend the availability of programs that promote healing to underserved populations. For more information, visit

The Public Welfare Foundation The Foundation supports efforts to ensure fundamental rights and opportunities for people in need. We look for carefully defined points where our funds can make a difference in bringing about systemic changes that can improve the lives of countless people. The Foundation has an endowment of $450 million and, in its 65 year history, has distributed over $500 million in grants to more than 4600 organizations. Time and again, when an issue has appeared no larger than a dot on the horizon, Public Welfare Foundation grantees have been there, from educational television to environmental activism and advocacy against weapons proliferation. For more information, visit