News and Events of Interestto the College Community
March 31, 2010
20th Annual Malcolm/KingBreakfast (Rescheduled)
Keynote Speaker: Woodie King Jr.Founder, New Federal eatreHonoree:Robert JohnsonBronx District Attorney Gymnasium, Haaren Hall
Justice and Injusticein 1950s America
e Role of Folk Music as an Element inan Emerging Counter-Culture
Peggy SeegerRoom 630, Haaren Hall
2nd BiennialLiterature & Law Conference
Registration required. Online athttp://litandlawjjay.blogspot.com Various locations, Haaren Hall
Justice and Injusticein 1950s America
e 1950s: Some Literary Snapshots
E.L. Doctorow Gerald W. Lynch eater, Haaren Hall
2010 Alumni Reunion
With a special salute to the graduating classes of 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, 1985,1980, 1975, 1970 and 1965.
Few questions regarding police practices inNew York City are more sensitive than thosesurrounding stop, question and frisk tactics, withhundreds of thousands of New Yorkers beingstopped by police each year.In hopes of shedding light on the dimensionsof the controversial issue and contributing to thepublic’s understanding of it, John Jay’s Centeron Race, Crime and Justice has produced “Stop,Question & Frisk Policing Practices in New YorkCity: A Primer.” The document was unveiled onMarch 9 in connection with a forum at the NewYork City Bar Association.“The purpose of the primer is not to settle thedebate about the costs and beneﬁts of currentpractice,” said John Jay President Jeremy Travis.“On the contrary, the primer simply presentsavailable data on stop, question and friskpractices in New York City; the interpretationof the data is left to others. Appropriately,the primer also provides a list of questions,recognizing both that the list is incompleteand that some advocates in the debate wouldassert that critical questions have already beenanswered.”Under the lead authorship of Professor DeloresJones-Brown, Director of the Center on Race,Crime and Justice, the primer documents thatover the seven-year period from 2003 to 2009,the number of stops documented by New YorkCity police ofﬁcers each year has more thantripled, to more than 575,000 in 2009. Even thatﬁgure is likely to represent only about 70 percentof the actual number, since not all stops aredocumented.Five of the city’s 76 police precincts had thegreatest number of stops cumulatively from2003 to 2008: the 23rd (Upper East Side/EastHarlem), 73rd (Ocean Hill-Brownsville), 75th(East New York), 79th (Bedford-Stuyvesant) and103rd (Jamaica). Of the more than 540,000 stopsin 2008 alone, just over 54 percent involvedthe ofﬁcer frisking the suspect. “A very smallpercentage (1.24 percent) of total stops resultedin the discovery of a weapon of any kind (gun,knife or other type of weapon),” the primerreported.A slightly higher percentage (1.70 percent)led to the discovery of some other kind ofcontraband, including illegal drugs, and 6percent of stops resulted in an arrest.Blacks and Hispanics made up theoverwhelming majority of persons stopped foreach year between 2003 and 2009. In 2009alone, the primer points out that blacks andHispanics combined were stopped nine timesmore than whites. Blacks and Hispanics were alsomore likely to be subjected to frisks and policeuse of force following a stop.The primer notes that while available data onpolice stops in New York City describe a greatdeal about their volume, nature and outcomes,the statistics raise as many questions as theyanswer. The primer suggests that future researchshould examine such questions as:¶ How does being stopped by a police ofﬁceraffect one’s perceptions of law enforcement,especially among youth?¶ What are the best practices in conductingstops?¶ What causal relationship, if any, existsbetween public safety and the police use of stop,question and frisk tactics?¶ How do current stop-and-frisk practicescompare with the NYPD’s stated prohibitionagainst racial proﬁling?Participants in the accompanying paneldiscussion included former Miami, FL, PoliceChief John Timoney; Professor Jeffrey Fagan ofColumbia University; Heather MacDonald, theJohn M. Olin Fellow at the Manhattan Institute;and Professor Tracey Meares, Deputy Dean of theYale Law School.Funding for the publication of the stop andfrisk primer was provided by the Open SocietyInstitute. The Center for Constitutional Rightsprovided some of the data and analysis used inthe document, which is available online at www. jjay.cuny.edu/primer.Fabiana Araujo, a May 2009graduate of John Jay’s baccalau-reate program in InternationalCriminal Justice, has won a pres-tigious internship at the Inter-national Criminal Court in TheHague, Netherlands.Araujo will be working in theVictims and Witness Unit of thecourt’s Ofﬁce of the Public Coun-sel for Victims, where she willdevelop policy papers, conductresearch and analyses of political,legal and social issues as well asprovide support, protective andlogistical services to victims andwitnesses who appear before the court.“Since coming to John Jay in 2004, Fabianahas pursued a sustained interest in law andinternational relations,” said sociology ProfessorRosemary Barberet, interim director of the newJohn Jay students — along with the entireonline world — now have access to a widevariety of multimedia content — including courselectures, language lessons, lab demonstrations,performances and much more — through thepopular iTunes University website.iTunes U offers educational content fromhundreds of colleges and universities throughout
John Jay Center Turns Up the Heat on aHot-Button Issue, Stop & Frisk Practices
Professor Jeffrey Fagan of Columbia University addresses a packed house at New York City Bar Association headquarters,during a forum that accompanied the release of a primer on the stop, question and frisk practices of the New York City Police Department. The primer was prepared by John Jay’s Center on Race, Crime and Justice.
Don’t Touch at Dial: John Jay Is Now on iTunes U
master’s degree program inInternational Crime and Justice.“Her new duties will combineher training in criminal justice,her experience as a paralegalin the immigration law ﬁrmof Wildes & Weinberg, P.C.and her ﬂuency in Portuguese,Spanish and English.“She is very passionate aboutinternational criminal justice,”Barberet said of Araujo, wholeft to begin her internship atthe end of March.Araujo was born and raisedin Brazil and relocated to theUnited States along with her family in 2000. Sheplans to enter law school following her internshipat the world court.The internship is a ﬁrst for a John Jaygraduate, Barberet said.
Alumna Takes On the World
Prized Internship Awaits at Hague Tribunal
the United States. Once a user has installed freeiTunes software on a personal computer, videosand audios can be downloaded to an iPod,iPhone or other MP3 player.John Jay’s iTunes site has both public andprivate sections. The public portion, whichdebuted last week, includes features such ascollege highlights, presentations such as thePatrick V. Murphy lecture series, Lloyd Sealylecture series and the Book & Author paneldiscussions, conferences and symposia, and theCUNY-TV program “Criminal Justice Matters.”Sports highlights, college-sponsoredperformances, campus tours and interviews withcollege faculty, staff, students and alumni arealso part of iTunes U.The private portion of John Jay’s iTunespresence, which was rolled out earlier, has acourse-speciﬁc section, with all courses offeredat the College automatically receiving an iTunessite. Only students enrolled in a given coursecan access its iTunes site, and faculty membersare responsible for building and customizingthe site. The private section can be accessed viaBlackboard or directly without ﬁrst going throughBlackboard, and requires the same authenticationprocedures for security purposes.Check the college website, www.jjay.cuny.edu,for information and updates on iTunes University@ John Jay.
Standing Up for Justice:Three Different Approaches
A panel discussion in conjunction withthe 2010 Justice Awards presentation
(Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace),
(The Innocence Project),
(Florence, AZ, Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project)
Tuesday, April 6, 3:30 PMRoom 630, Haaren Hall