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@John Jay Newsletter (January 27, 2010)

@John Jay Newsletter (January 27, 2010)

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This is the January 27, 2010 edition of the @John Jay Newsletter
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@John Jay 
News and Events of Interestto the College Community
January 27, 2010
Worth Noting 
February 1
Lecture Series: Justice &Injustice in 1950s America
Te 1950s Nobody Knows
Michael Meeropol Visiting Associate Professorof Economics, John Jay CollegeRoom 630 Haaren Hall
February 1-2
5th Annual GuggenheimSymposium on Crime in America
Criminal Justice Reform: What Works? What Doesn’t? What Don’t We Know? 
Presented by the Center on Media, Crimeand Justice. Includes presentation of the John Jay Excellence in Journalism Awards.Room 630 Haaren Hall
February 8
Lloyd Sealy Lecture
Police Chief Val B. DemingsOrlando, FLGerald W. Lynch Teater Lobby 
February 8
Lecture Series: Justice &Injustice in 1950s America
Te Changing Concept of Freedomin the United States, 1945 – 1960 
Eric FonerColumbia UniversitRoom 630 Haaren Hall
The National Network for Safe Communities(NNSC), a John Jay College-sponsored coalitionof leading criminal justice officials and scholarsfrom jurisdictions throughout the United States,held its first annual conference on December2-3, with an eye toward spreading the wordabout strategies aimed at preventing gang-related homicide and other serious violence andeliminating overt drug markets.The strategies are the handiwork of ProfessorDavid Kennedy, Director of John Jay’s Center onCrime Prevention and Control. They have alreadybeen successfully implemented in a number ofAmerican cities, with ensuing dramatic decreasesin serious crime.“We’ve been losingwhole generationsof young people tothe streets, prison ormurder, and we simplydon’t have to live withthat any longer,” saidKennedy.The Decemberconference, comingless than six monthsafter the network’sformal launch last year,brought together 300attendees from 75cities in 22 states andcountries, includingEngland, Peru, Gaza,Israel, Australia and theNetherlands. John JayPresident Jeremy Travissaid in his welcoming remarks: “You representall the professions that are working towardsafety and justice — police executives, youthworkers, pastors, prosecutors, correction officers,social service providers, academics, journalists,educators, community activists and formerlyincarcerated men and women.” The conference,Travis added, will help participants “strengthenyour commitment to changing the world.”Travis and Kennedy serve as NNSC co-chairs.Bernard R. Melekian, a former police chiefwho now serves as Director of the U.S. JusticeDepartment’s Office of Community-OrientedPolicing Services, noted in a keynote address:“Community policing must be a philosophy, nota project. It must be a commitment to buildingrelationships and solving problems.”The conference was a two-day whirl of plenaryand breakout sessions, punctuated with count-less “corridor conferences” among participantseager to do some on-the-spot problem-solvingwith colleagues. Sessions explored the nuts andbolts of the NNSC’s twin strategies; project man-agement; race, reconciliation and truth-telling;community engagement, and cutting-edgeoperational innovations, among other topics.For more information on the NNSC, visitwww.nnscommunities.org.Gov. David A. Paterson’s Task Force onTransforming Juvenile Justice, chaired by JohnJay President Jeremy Travis, released its finalreport on December 14, in which it called forinvestment in community-based, treatment-focused services that can improve outcomesfor youth and their families and hold youthsaccountable for their actions while promotinggreater public safety.Travis said the task force’s 20 sweepingrecommendations “will bring New York State inline with best practices that can help troubledyouth and their families, protect the public andoptimize scarce state resources.”The task force was composed of state andlocal officials, representatives from unions,advocacy groups and community-basedorganizations, and academic experts fromacross the United States. In producing its report— “Charting a New Course: A Blueprint forTransforming Juvenile Justice in New York State”— task force members conducted an extensivereview of research literature, analyzed reamsof data and visited jurisdictions and facilitiesthroughout the state.The Vera Institute of Justice provided staffing,data analysis and logistical support for the taskforce.Paterson created the task force in September2008 and charged it with developing ways tochange a punitive-based system in which morethan 1,600 youths enter correctional institutionseach year, at an annual cost of roughly $210,000per child. The task force found that many of theincarcerated youths leave the system more angry,fearful or violent than when they entered.Among the report’s specific recommendationsare:
• Reserve institutional placement for youth
who pose a significant risk to public safety, andensuring that no youth is placed in a facilitybecause of social service needs;
• Reduce the disproportionate representation
of youth of color in institutional placement;
• Ensure that New York State operates a
unified and cohesive system of care that keepsall youth in its custody safe, whether in private orgovernment-run facilities;
• Downsize or close underutilized facilities,
and reinvest those savings in communities;
• Make facilities more conducive to positive
youth development and rehabilitation;
• Limit the amount of time youth spend in
institutional facilities;
• Establish an independent, external oversight
body to monitor and report on juvenile justicepolicies and practices.The task force report can be accessed onlineat www.vera.org/paterson-task-force-juvenile- justice-report.With the sizable population of Haitian-American students at John Jay, the recentearthquake that devastated the Caribbean nationwas an especially poignant and personal tragedy,and the college community has quickly mobilizedto assist with relief efforts.Expressing “solidarity” with the John Jaystudents, staff, faculty and community memberswho are of Haitian descent, President JeremyTravis said, “This is a time for our community tocome together to assist those who are affectedby this unspeakable tragedy.”Travis designated Vice President for StudentDevelopment Berenecea Johnson Eanes to takethe lead in coordinating the College’s disasterresponse.“The catastrophe in Haiti reminds us all thattragedy can strike at any time,” said Eanes. Thecenterpiece of the College’s response will be a“Help Rebuild Haiti Campaign” that will featurea variety of fundraising events through the spring
2010 semester. Lincoln Center for the Performing
Arts will partner with the College on many of theevents, Eanes noted.Monetary donations will be accepted in theHaaren Hall and North Hall lobbies beginningon January 22, and in the Westport lobbybeginning on January 28. “Give as generously asyour circumstances permit,” Eanes said, notingthat the funds will be distributed to reputableorganizations such as the Red Cross, Habitatfor Humanity, Yele Haiti and others for thepurchase of food, water, medical supplies andother necessities as determined by the relieforganizations.Volunteers are needed to staff donation tables,and should contact the Division of StudentDevelopment at 212.237.8100 and/or e-mailhelprebuildhaiti@jjay.cuny.edu.The Department of Counseling is availablefor those members of the student body whoneed support as they react to the naturaldisaster or who need help in accessing externalresources. Individual counseling support or groupconsultations can be arranged by contacting theCounseling Center at 212.237.8111.Members of the faculty and staff in need ofsuch services should contact Dean of HumanResources Donald Gray (212.237.8512) orDirector of Human Resources Christél Colon(212.237.8296).Brennon Taylor, a graduate student andJohn Jay Peer Ambassador, is one of many whoare devoting time, energy and resources toearthquake relief efforts. “I have extended familyas well as friends who were directly affected bythis catastrophe,” said Taylor. “Some of us havelearned that aunts, nephews and siblings areeither missing or dead. Those who are alive arehomeless and are suffering from dehydration,malnutrition, diarrhea and infectious diseasesfrom the dead bodies lying next to them in themiddle of the street.”Taylor estimated that roughly 1,000 studentsmake up the Haitian and Haitian-Americanpopulation at John Jay, with more numberedamong the College’s alumni. The Haitian andAfrican student associations are taking thelead, along with faculty and administrators, inorganizing relief efforts at John Jay, including thedesperately needed fundraising drives.“It would be awesome if the school can unitea group to go to Haiti for this cause,” said Taylor,noting that he plans to travel to Haiti himself tohelp in rebuilding efforts. “Basically, I would liketo offer a helping hand wherever I can,” he said.
Keynote speaker Bernard R. Melekian (left), Director of the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Community-Oriented Policing Services, enjoys an informal moment with President Travis and Professor David Kennedy, co-chairs of the National Network for Safe Communities.
Report Has Some SternSuggestions for ReformingNew York Juvenile Justice
Conference Helps Jump-Start  Network for Safe Communities
 All Hands on Deck, as College Ralliesto Aid Victims of Haitian Earthquake
 An earthquake survivor’s face says it all: Please help!

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