John Jay College of Criminal Justice

John Jay College Officials Back Obama Administration Action on Restoring Pell Grants for Prisoners

August 4, 2015 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

John Jay College of Criminal Justice President Jeremy Travis has praised the Obama Administration’s plan for an experimental restoration of Pell education grants for incarcerated adults, a move that would end a two-decade ban on such federal subsidies. The plan was announced on Friday, July 31, by Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, […]

President Jeremy Travis Contributes to National Dialogue on Criminal Justice Reforms

July 16, 2015 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

With a growing bipartisan movement toward multifaceted criminal justice reform as well as recent changes to criminal justice policies across the United States, President Jeremy Travis has provided commentary on these important issues to a variety of media outlets. Most recently, he was interviewed by City & State about the calls for reforms to policing […]

Fortune Society Archives Donated to John Jay College’s Lloyd Sealy Library – Enhancing Its Notable Special Collections

July 16, 2015 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

The Fortune Society has generously donated its extensive archives — a collection of internal documents, photos, videos, and published materials – to the Special Collections of Lloyd Sealy Library of John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  The Fortune Society is a nonprofit social service and advocacy organization whose mission is to support successful reentry from […]

Professor Daniel Pinello’s Gay-Rights Research Presages Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

July 9, 2015 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

The U.S. Supreme Court established landmark constitutional law on June 26 with its marriage-equality ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, but Professor Daniel Pinello of John Jay College’s Department of Political Science has long been ahead of the curve in studying judicial and legislative battlegrounds in the struggle for gay and lesbian civil rights. Pinello’s groundbreaking […]

National Network for Safe Communities Convenes Hundreds of Partners from Across the United States at Second National Conference

July 9, 2015 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

The National Network for Safe Communities held its national conference at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on June 22 and 23, 2015, in New York City. The landmark conference brought together almost 300 of the National Network’s core partners from around the country to discuss the innovations that are making communities safer by preventing […]

Rethinking Prisons: A Tour of German Prisons

July 6, 2015 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

In June, President Jeremy Travis of John Jay College, along with President Nick Turner of the Vera Institute of Justice, led a delegation from the U.S. to Germany as part of the International Sentencing and Corrections Exchange, a partnership between the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Vera. The delegation—which included corrections officials, philanthropists, […]

Professor Baz Dreisinger Discusses the History of Racial Appropriation with The New York Times, CNN, The Atlantic and Others

July 6, 2015 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

In relation to the ongoing controversy surrounding former Spokane, Wash., NAACP president Rachel Dolezal, Professor Baz Dreisinger of the English department has been interviewed by several media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN and The Atlantic, about the history of racial appropriation and racial passing. Dreisinger’s book, Near Black: White to Black Passing in […]

Professor Dante Tawfeeq, Fulbright Scholar, Looks at STEM Education in Namibia

July 6, 2015 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Associate Professor Dante Tawfeeq of John Jay College’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science recently won a U.S. Government-sponsored Fulbright Specialist award that allowed him to work at Polytechnic of Namibia, analyzing gaps in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. The Fulbright Specialist Program, part of the larger Fulbright Scholars Program […]

Jeff Butts Named to DOJ Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board

June 12, 2015 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Jeff Butts, Director of the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College, has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Science Advisory Board. The 25-member board advises OJP on the areas of social science and statistics for the purpose of enhancing the overall impact and performance of OJP […]

John Jay Science and Math Students’ PRISM Research Showcased at New York State Capitol

June 11, 2015 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math Recognized by Legislature Twenty John Jay College science students had their research exhibited in the New York State Capitol building for a week starting on Tuesday, June 9.  The research projects were conducted as part of the College’s Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math (PRISM). […]

Good Things Come to Those Who Persevere – Kudos to John Jay Valedictorian and Salutatorians!

June 9, 2015 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Elvira Kirilko, the valedictorian of the Class of 2015, sat for an interview with John Jay News knowing that the following day, she had a one on- one with an admission representative from Georgetown University Law School – her first choice. Any nervousness on her part proved misplaced. Shortly thereafter, she made the move from […]

Snapshots of members of the Class of 2015: Once Upon a DREAM

June 8, 2015 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Danyeli Rodriguez del Orbe knows the meaning of struggle. After arriving in the United States from the Dominican Republic at the age of 8, she became one of the millions of undocumented immigrants in this country confronting the challenges that come with such a status. She has done more than confront them; she has overcome […]

Snapshots of members of the Class of 2015: To Serve and Inspect

June 8, 2015 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Taisha Guy is matter-of-fact when it comes to discussing her future. “I want to become an inspector general,” she says. “I want to work for the Department of Health and Human Services’ IG office or for the NYC Department of Investigation.” Guy graduates this year with her second degree from John Jay,  an M.P.A. with […]

Snapshots of members of the Class of 2015: She’s No. 1!

June 8, 2015 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Taisha Lazare has the distinction of being the first John Jay student to win a scholarship endowed by one of America’s foremost living playwrights, and named for New York State’s longest-serving Court of Appeals judge. The Judge Judith S. Kaye Pioneer of Justice Scholarship, created with a gift from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, honors […]

Snapshots of members of the Class of 2015: The Write Stuff

June 8, 2015 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

She was still not even halfway through her senior year when Dominika Szybisty got a plum that most English majors only dream of: her name mentioned prominently in a new scholarly work. Szybisty was a young McNair Scholar when one of her mentors, English Professor Allison Pease, asked her to take on a demanding editing […]

Snapshots of members of the Class of 2015: ¡Viva John Jay!

June 8, 2015 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Hector Bernal takes a back seat to no one when it comes to being a John Jay “true believer.” A first-generation Mexican-American from the Bronx, Bernal got his first taste of John Jay through the College Now program during his senior year at John Lindsay Academy. Since then, he has become a Peer Ambassador, a […]

Snapshots of members of the Class of 2015: Organ-ic Chemistry

June 8, 2015 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Daniel Minervini has been playing the piano and organ since the age of age 12. It was a few years before that, fourth or fifth grade, as he recalls that he knew he wanted to pursue law enforcement as a career. It was that bit of precocious self-awareness that would ultimately lead him to John […]

Snapshots of members of the Class of 2015: Going Places

June 8, 2015 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Score another success for the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, an initiative that prepares undergraduates for applying to Ph.D. programs. Jamel Love, a McNair Scholar and Political Science major, is on his way to a doctoral program at Rutgers University. Although Love’s main academic interests focus on political behavior and political psychology , “applying political […]

Snapshots of members of the Class of 2015: I See Dead People

June 8, 2015 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Stephania Guzman, a Forensic Science major, might never have imagined that her college experience would entail swabbing tissue samples from dead bodies. But it did, in fall 2013, as a member of the student research team mentored by Professor Nathan Lents. She got to visit the Body Farm, the aptly named anthropological research facility run […]

Snapshots of members of the Class of 2015: The Long and Winding Road

June 8, 2015 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Mention that he’s a so-called non-traditional student, and Brad Davis bursts out laughing. “My route to John Jay was a long time coming,” said the 32-year-old Army veteran. From high school graduation in 2000, his circuitous route to John Jay took him to colleges in Virginia, Florida and Arizona, and jobs as a golf pro […]