December 3-4 2007
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John Jay College of Criminal Justice
899 Tenth Ave, Room 630
New York City

The Center on Media, Crime & Justice
at John Jay College is pleased to host
The Third Annual Harry F. Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America


* All Panel discussions will be held in Room 630 T.
* Luncheons will be held in the Lynch Theather Lobby on the Ground Floor.



9-9:15 am WELCOME
Jeremy Travis, President, John Jay College
Stephen Handelman, Director, Center on Media, Crime & Justice
Ted Gest, president, Criminal Justice Journalists
Steve Montiel, director, Institute of Justice and Journalism, USC/Annenberg School for Communication

9:15-11:00 am PANEL 1: Criminal Justice in a Watershed Election Year:
Release of inaugural John Jay Poll on public attitudes towards crime:

Prof. Jim Lynch, Distinguished Professor, John Jay College
Dawn Hoffman (or Roy Occhiogrosso), Global Strategy Group

Discussion & Response:
Prof. Richard Rosenfeld, Dept. of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Michael Thompson, director, Justice Center, Council of State Governments
Michael Volkov, Chief Minority Counsel, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security (invited)
Bobby Vassar, Chief Counsel, Majority Staff of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security,
David Axelrod, advisor, Sen Barack Obama, presidential campaign (invited)

MODERATOR: Sam Roberts, New York Times

11:00-11:15 am Break

11:15-12:45pm PANEL 2: Policing The Hood: Crime, Race, and Young People.

David E. Chong, Police Commissioner, Mt. Vernon, N.Y.
Prof. Alex Piquero, Presidential Scholar, John Jay College
Garry McCarthy, director, Newark Police Department
Errol Louis, The NY Daily News

MODERATOR: Prof. David Kennedy, Director, Center for Crime Prevention and Control, John Jay College

Laurie Robinson, former assistant US Attorney General, director of University of Pennsylvania M.S. program in criminology.

2:15pm-4:00pm PANEL 3: Crime and Punishment (Part 1): The Politics of Incarceration: Sentencing, Parole, and the '08 Election.

Prof. Al Blumstein, H. Heinz III School of Public Policy & Management, Carnegie-Mellon University
Mike Lawlor, co-chair, Judiciary Committee, Connecticut State Assembly
Rev. Vivian Nixon, Exec Director, college & Community Fellowship, CUNY Graduate Center

MODERATOR: Joe Domanick, senior fellow at CMCJ and Institute for Justice and Journalism

4:00-4:15pm Break

4:15pm-6:00pm PANEL 4: Crime and Punishment (Part 2): America's Prison Systems in Crisis: What's working? What's Not?

Candace McCoy, professor, City University of NY Graduate Center, John Jay College
Pat Nolan, Justice Fellowship, Washington DC
Gary Fields, Wall Street Journal, John Jay prizewinner, 2007

MODERATOR: Gene Guerrero, Senior Analyst, Criminal Justice and Civil Liberties, Open Society Institute

hosted by Jeremy Travis, president, John Jay College of Criminal Justice


8:30-9am COFFEE

9-10:30am PANEL 5: Real and Imagined Threats: The Politics of Homeland Security

Stephen Flynn, Council on Foreign Relations, author “The Edge of Disaster”
Prof. Maki Haberfeld, Professor , Department of Law and Police Science, John Jay College
Jan Gilhooly, President and Chief of Operations for Archangel RTR, former liaison for New Jersey Department of Homeland Security.
Mark Mershon, Assistant Director in Charge (ADIC), New York FBI Office

MODERATOR:  Stephen Handelman, Director, Center on Crime, Media and Justice, John Jay College.

10:45-12pm PANEL 6: Deportations and the Criminalization of Immigration

Steve Montiel, Director, Institute for Justice and Journalism, USC/Annenberg School for Communication
George Gascon, police chief, Mesa Arizona,
Dan Kowalski, editor, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Meghan Sacks, John Jay criminal justice doctoral student and member of 2007 polling analysis team.

MODERATOR: Erica Gonzalez, Editorial Page Editor, El Diario, New York

12:30-2:00pm Awards Luncheon
Joyce Purnick, The New York Times

2007 Prizewinners:
Gary Fields, Wall Street Journal
Susan Greene and Miles Moffeit, The Denver Post

Presentation of 2007 John Jay Prizes for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Jeremy Travis, Joyce Purnick.
2:00pm-3:30 pm PANEL7: The Politics of Gun Control 2008
John Feinblatt, Criminal Justice Coordinator, Mayor’s Office, New york City
Gil Kerlikowske, police chief, Seattle, Washington,
Robert Spitzer, Distinguished Service Professor, SUNY Cortland

MODERATOR:  Ted Gest, president CJJ.

3:30pm-3:45pm Break

3:45pm-6pm JOURNALISM workshops: Issues & Politics

WORKSHOP 1: The Year in Crime: Presentation of CJJ survey on major crime stories of the year.
Debora Wenger, Associate Professor, School of mass communications, Virginia Commonwealth University
Alicia Caldwell, Associated Press, El Paso, Texas
Nanci Wilson, KEYE-TV, Austin, Texas
John Jay grad students, Prof. Jim Lynch

MODERATOR & PRESENTER: Ted Gest , president Criminal Justice Journalists

WORKSHOP 2: Covering the Politics of Crime, Punishment and Terrorism in an Election Year.

Frank Stoltze, reporter, 89.3 KPCC-FM, Los Angeles, California
Paul Glickman, news director, News Director, 89.3 KPCC-FM, John Jay College polling team. (invited)

Members of John Jay Student Poll Analysis Team
Alissa Ackerman
Anna Crayton
Megan Sacks
Tasha Youstin