August 10, 2020 FALL 2019

In the Media

“THE NYPD HAS DONE SOME GREAT WORK here in the current years to implement community policing. One incident like this can undo that work.
—Professor Henry Smart III on NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill’s decision to fire Officer Daniel Pantaleo on CBSN New York.

“FALSE CONFESSIONS DON’T JUST HAPPEN to certain types of people. It can happen to anybody. I’m convinced that the presence of a video camera will make fact finders more accurate. The idea that I’d know a false confession if I saw one? No. Not if you’re only watching the confession. But you stand a better chance if you’re watching the whole process before that confession is taken.”
—Saul Kassin, Professor of Psychology, and one of the country’s  leading experts on false confessions speaking to Lester Holt on  NBC Nightly News.

“This desire to understand the experiences of people I had prosecuted, led me to create a college class that would allow prosecutors to study alongside incarcerated students. Now in its third year, this class is being replicated in other jurisdictions, and is significantly changing the relationship between prosecutors and the communities we are sworn to serve.”
—Lucy Lang, Executive Director of the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution, discussing prosecutors and prison reform in the Atlantic.

“Anti-Latinx violence has increased about 24 percent during Trump’s presidency. So yes, he is fueling that rhetoric, but there has been a history of hate against the Latinx community in the U.S. for more than a hundred years.”
—Isabel Martinez, Associate Professor of Latin American and Latinx Studies commenting on the rise of anti-Latinx sentiment in the U.S. on NY1 Noticias.

“We’re seeing unprecedented persistence and graduation rates at John Jay. We’re doubling the national average in the four-year public space, and we think we’re really on to something.”
—Donna Linderman, CUNY’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, commenting on the success of John Jay’s ACE program in Inside Higher Education.

Contents

Class of 2019 Then & Now

This past May, the class of 2019 graduated from John Jay College. We checked in with a few of them to find out how they’re launching their careers

President’s Letter

At John Jay College we’re used to taking on tough challenges. Our student body knows how to juggle jobs, academics,...

Campus News

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards a $1.5 million Grant to the Prisoner Reentry Institute.

By the Numbers

In 2019, John Jay College graduated the largest class in its history: 3,144 bachelor’s degrees and 698 master’s degrees.

Dive In

John Jay’s new pool will open up swimming opportunities for underrepresented populations. By Andrea Dawn Clark

Camera Ready

Understanding the Impact of Law Enforcement Wearing Body Cameras. By Sam Anderson

On the Edge of Glory

The new Completion for Upper-division Students Program (CUSP) supports seniors with 90-plus credits, removing any obstacles blocking their pathway to success. By Mary Anderson

Food For Thought

Tackling the growing food-insecurity problem, making sure that John Jay students are nourished both mentally and physically. By Andrea Dawn Clark

Read All About it

How the new Justice e-Reader is bringing together a collection of justice-focused texts, creating an intellectual hub for our community and classrooms. By Shirley Del Valle

Full Circle

Ronald F. Day ’19, Ph.D., proves what’s possible when people have access to an education. By Andrea Dawn Clark

Natural Born Advocate

Roshawn Boyce ’95 shines a light on social injustices. By Shirley Del Valle

The Real Nature of Sexual Violence

Professor Elizabeth Jeglic, Ph.D., uses research and straight-forward approaches in her mission to advance the prevention of sexual violence. By Mary Anderson

Tackling Educational Inequality

John Mara, President, CEO, and co-owner of the New York Giants, explains his passion for improving educational access opportunities. By Andrea Dawn Clark

The Institute for Innovation in Prosecution Reimagines the Role of Prosecutors

Seeking to create a fairer, more equitable criminal justice system, the IIP is dedicated to transforming prosecutors’ roles  in the criminal justice system. By Jocelyn Key

Flashback – 1988

Mother Teresa at John Jay College of Criminal Justice for the 23rd Commencement.

President
Karol V. Mason

Vice President for Public Affairs
and Strategic Initiatives

Laura Ginns

Chief Communications Officer
Rama Sudhakar

Senior Editor/Writer
Editorial Director

Andrea Dawn Clark

Writer/Editor
Shirley Del Valle

Contributing Writers
Mary Anderson
Sam Anderson
Jocelyn Key

Senior Designer/Art Director
Laura DeVries

Designer
Stephanie Birdsong

Copy Editor
Carey Ostergard

Photography
Denis Gostev
Amber Gray

Illustration
Sandy Bandes