October 6, 2022 SPRING 2022

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

Remembering Our Heroes

Looking back on 9/11 two decades after the tragedy. By Andrea Dawn Clark

Improving Mental Health Behind Bars

Virginia Barber-Rioja’s, Ph.D.,’02, ’09 passion for psychology and law helps system-impacted individuals with mental health challenges. By Shirley Del Valle

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