The award will be presented at the center’s annual awards luncheon on June 24, as the culmination of the CEBCP 2014 symposium at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus.
The Distinguished Achievement Award recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions by individuals in academia, practice or the policy arena who are committed to a leadership role in advancing the use of scientific research evidence in decisions about crime and justice policies. President Travis is being recognized for his efforts in connecting criminological research with criminal justice institutions and practices.
“This award serves as an affirmation of the critical importance of research in developing and implementing justice policy — something that John Jay College has stood for throughout its 50-year history,” said President Travis.
President Travis’s career has demonstrated a consistent dedication to the role of criminal justice research, most recently as chair of the National Research Council’s Committee on Law and Justice, in which capacity he served as principal author of the report “The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences.”
Prior to his appointment as John Jay’s President in 2004, Travis was a Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center. He served from 1994-2000, he served as Director of the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Justice Department, establishing major initiatives to assess crime trends, evaluate federal anti-crime efforts, advance forensic science and enhance research into counterterrorism strategies. President Travis is the author of But They All Come Back: Facing the Challenges of Prisoner Reentry (Urban Institute Press, 2005), among other books.
The CEBCP’s 2014 Distinguished Achievement Award will also be awarded to Nicholas Fyfe, Director and Professor of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research at the University of Dundee, Scotland. At the awards luncheon, the center will also induct seven new members into the Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame, including John Jay alumnus Edward Flynn (MA ’76), Police Chief of Milwaukee, WI. The Hall of Fame recognizes those in law enforcement whose accomplishments have been central to the implementation of a documented rigorous scientific evaluation of police practices, and who have shown a consistent record of incorporating evidence-based practices into policing.
The Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy is based in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.
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 www.jjay.cuny.edu.