New York, NY, July 31, 2012 – John Jay College of Criminal Justice President Jeremy Travis has been named as the recipient of the 2012 Maud Booth Correctional Services Award presented by the Volunteers of America, philanthropic human services organization.
Presented in Denver, Colorado, on July 23 during the American Correctional Association’s annual Congress of Correction, the award honors leaders in the correctional field whose work shows compassion and belief in the human potential of offenders and ex-offenders. The recipient must demonstrate leadership for the improvement of public policies, programs or service delivery in the justice system.
Mike King, the organization’s President and CEO, said, “In the spirit of Maud Booth’s tradition, thank you for promoting and teaching others about family and faith-based and restorative justice correctional practices.” King noted that the selection committee voted to recognize Travis for “your extraordinary contributions to the field of corrections through your teaching of our future leaders, your groundbreaking research and your championing of the use of evidence-based knowledge to improve correctional programs.”
The award is named for Maud Booth (1865-1948), renowned prison reformer and co-founder of the Volunteers of America. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Maud Booth was instrumental in organizing Volunteer Prison Leagues in many of America’s harshest prisons. She also created a series of “Hope Hall” halfway houses for newly released prisoners.
For the text of President Travis’s remarks at the awards luncheon, click here.
About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit www.jjay.cuny.edu.