John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Leopold and Loeb, Re-examined

February 9, 2009 | CUNY Lecture Series, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

In 1924, the brutal murder of a 14-year-old boy at the hands of two privileged, intelligent young men, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, held the country in suspense. In his acclaimed new book, “For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb, and the Murder That Shocked Chicago,” Simon Baatz, associate professor of history at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, says the murderers’ lack of remorse was striking. “What shocked people was that they seemed to be so amoral,” said Baatz, who was joined by Louis Schlesinger, a criminal psychologist, and Stephen Handelman, director of the Center on Media, Crime, and Justice, at John Jay College’s Book and Author Series.
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Bratton on Leadership

December 1, 2008 | CUNY Lecture Series, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

As New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s top cop and now as Los Angeles’ police chief, William Bratton understands the challenges of leading a police force and fighting big-city crime; under Giuliani, he introduced the CompStat system, which is still used to track crimes and devise strategies. “As a police chief, there has to be an expectation that the person is capable of leading in the good times and in times of crisis,” said Bratton, speaking at John Jay College’s Patrick V. Murphy Lecture Series on Police Leadership. Bratton discussed how some of his predecessors successfully handled the pressure of the job, including Patrick Murphy’s response to the infamous police corruption scandal of the 1970s.
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Torture and Democracy

April 14, 2008 | CUNY Lecture Series, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

“Torture creates bad intelligence,” said Darius Rejali, an internationally recognized expert on torture and interrogation and political science professor at Reed College. “It involves torturing thousands of innocents while terrorists run free.” As part of John Jay College’s Human Rights Seminar Series, the Iranian-born Rejali explains why democracies are “major innovators” of torture and why sleep deprivation and water boarding techniques don’t work. Rejali, who grew up under the last reigning shah regime, discusses the genesis of modern torture techniques, the basis of his recent book, “Torture and Democracy.”
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Katrina: Lessons Learned

March 14, 2008 | CUNY Lecture Series, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Just 28 days after Hurricane Katrina struck killing 1,500 people and leaving 80% of the City of New Orleans under water, Warren J. Riley was appointed Interim Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department. “Everything that we needed in a civilized society, or to function as an agency, was taken away from us in a short, short time,” Chief Riley says. As part of the annual Lloyd George Sealy Lecture at John Jay College, Riley, a 26-year veteran of the NOPD, talks about the unprecedented challenges and lessons learned in the aftermath of the disaster and offers solutions for emergency response teams and city agencies. Advises Riley: “Plan for common and uncommon incidents.”
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