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John Jay Trustee Rossana Rosado and PRI Director Ann Jacobs Named to the New York State Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration

Rossana Rosado, a trustee of the John Jay College Foundation, and Ann Jacobs, Director of John Jay’s Prisoner Reentry Institute, have been named to the New York State Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the formation of the Re-Entry Council on July 8. Councilmembers will offer recommendations to the Governor’s Office to address obstacles formerly incarcerated people face upon re-entering society.

“We are delighted that Governor Cuomo has named our Trustee Rossana Rosado as the Chair of the Council on Community Re-entry and Reintegration and Ann Jacobs as a councilmember. It is clear that the work of our college on the topic of prisoner reentry will be well represented in this important new initiative of the Governor,” said President Jeremy Travis.

"Reducing the state's recidivism rate will mean safer communities, stronger families and fewer taxpayer dollars spent on prisons. This Re-Entry Council will strengthen the support that we provide to formerly incarcerated individuals as they transition back into mainstream society, and help ensure that those transitions are lasting and effective. I thank the councilmembers for signing on to this important public service, and I look forward to their recommendations to create an even safer and fairer New York,” said Governor Cuomo.

To read official announcement, click here.

Rosado, who will serve as Chair of the Re-Entry Council, is the former Publisher and CEO of El Diario-La Prensa, the nation’s oldest Spanish-language newspaper, and was recently named as a Distinguished Lecturer in John Jay College’s Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies. Rosado has an extensive background in working on behalf of formerly incarcerated men and women, as a volunteer, consultant and advocate. She has served on the advisory board of The Fortune Society and on Governor David Paterson’s Task Force on Juvenile Justice.


Before joining college’s Prisoner Reentry Institute in 2011, Jacobs served as the Executive Director of the Women’s Prison Association (WPA) in New York. During her time at WPA, she directed 120 staff members who served over 2,500 women and their families per year at five community sites, the city jail, and four women’s prisons in New York State. Jacobs also founded the Women’s Justice Alliance, a consortium of over 100 service providers in New York State; and created the Institute on Women in Criminal Justice and the Women’s Advocacy Project.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice is 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.