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Professor Delores Jones-Brown Receives Prestigious Julius Debro Award

Professor Delores Jones-Brown of the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration has been named the recipient of the prestigious Julius Debro Award presented by the American Society of Criminology’s Division on People of Color and Crime (DPCC). Jones-Brown will be honored at a symposium and awards luncheon hosted by the DPCC on Thursday, November 21.

The Debro Award recognizes a member of the DPCC who has made outstanding contributions in service to professional organizations, academic institutions or the advancement of criminal justice.

“This is a great tribute to Delores Jones-Brown and brings honor to the College as well,” said John Jay President Jeremy Travis. “This comes at a time when Jones-Brown’s work on stop and frisk is getting increased recognition in policy circles and the larger community. Receiving this honor will serve as a fitting capstone for her efforts.”

“The American Society of Criminology is one of the most respected scholarly organizations in criminology and criminal justice,” said Jones-Brown. “To receive an award from ASC means that my work has been recognized by some of the top scholars in the field. To receive this award from the Division on People of Color and Crime (DPCC), of which I am a charter member, means that my work around racial and social justice has had a significant impact in the academic discipline and within the lives of real people.”

For the past seven years, Jones-Brown’s research has examined the racial and ethnic disparities in the use of stop and frisk by the New York City Police Department. Drawing on her experience as a criminal prosecutor, Jones-Brown has provided critical analysis of the American criminal justice system and advocated for a more equitable administration of justice.

“In addition to founding the Center on Race, Crime and Justice at John Jay, I have worked with community organizations and grassroots groups to assist them in using social science research in their activism,” she noted. “This year, that collaboration led to the launching of www.stopandfriskinfo.org, a publicly accessible Web site featuring over 150 scholarly journal articles, public policy and other reports on the legality, effectiveness, impact of and alternatives to stop and frisk and related policing strategies.”

Delores Jones-Brown is a Professor in the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  She was the founding director of the Center on Race, Crime and Justice, where she is currently a faculty research fellow.  Her areas of research and scholarship include race, crime and the administration of justice; police-community relations; juvenile justice, and the legal socialization of adolescent males.  Her book Race, Crime and Punishment won a New York Public Library award in 2001.  She is also the co-editor of The System in Black and White: Exploring the Connections between Race, Crime and Justice and Policing and Minority Communities: Bridging the Gap. She holds a law degree from Rutgers University Law School and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. In addition to her career in academia, Jones-Brown has worked as a criminal justice practitioner in prosecution, community-based and institutional corrections and program development for court-involved youth. She continues to be involved with the development of law- and justice-related education for middle schools and high schools.