Leading U.S. Mayors to Speak on Criminal Justice Reform at John Jay College

Leading U.S. Mayors to Speak on Criminal Justice Reform at John Jay College

Leading U.S. Mayors to Speak on Criminal Justice Reform at John Jay College

New York, NY, February 8, 2016 – Mayor Ras Baraka, of Newark, NJ, and Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Indiana, chair of the U.S. Mayors Conference Committee on Community Policing, will address the 11th Annual Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City on Thursday, February 25.

The Feb 25-26 symposium, “Making Room for Justice: Crime, Public Safety & the Choices Ahead for Americans,” will explore the prospects for criminal justice reform as the country heads into a presidential campaign cycle.   Judge Jed S. Rakoff, of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, will be the keynote speaker on the conference second day, February 26. 

Mayor Ras Baraka, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Judge Jed S. RAkoff

Other speakers include: Christine Coulter, Philadelphia deputy police commissioner; Anya McMurray, deputy counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee; Vikrent Reddy, senior research fellow, Charles Koch Institute; Jody Owens, Southern Poverty Law Center; Scott Thomson, chief of police, Camden County. MD.; William Kelly, University of Texas-Austin; Laurie Robinson, co-chair, the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing; and Bill Sabol, director, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

“The coming year is shaping up as another crossroads moment for reform in our justice system,” said Stephen Handelman, director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice (CMCJ), which organizes the annual symposium. “This year’s symposium will add an important dimension to the debate on where we go from here.” 

Attendance at the on-the-record symposium is $25. For a complete list of speakers, an agenda, and registration information, please visit:  http://johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/guggenheim/guggenheim_application.asp

Twenty-one U.S. journalists from print, online and broadcast outlets have also been awarded Reporting Fellowships to attend the conference, including four who have received special fellowships from the Quattrone Center on the Fair Administration of Justice for projects examining systemic issues in the justice system. The unique fellowships are aimed at encouraging and promoting top-quality journalism on criminal justice. The Fellows were selected from a wide pool of applicants based on editors’ recommendations and on investigative reporting projects currently underway or in the planning stage. The Fellows will receive financial assistance that enables them to attend the conference and related events, and skills and research support from the CMCJ during the year-long fellowship period.

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation will support 17 fellows, who will work on projects directly ranging from racial disparities in policing and the impact of the opioid addiction epidemic to an examination of for-profit jails and correctional health care.

Neither the H.F.  Guggenheim Foundation nor the Quattrone Center participated in the fellow selection process. A full list of the journalism fellows is below.

The John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium is the only national gathering that brings together journalists, legislators, policymakers, scholars and practitioners for candid on-the-record discussions on emerging issues of U.S. criminal justice.

Overall support for the conference and fellowships comes from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Quattrone Center for Fair Administration of Justice, and the Pew Center on the States Public Safety Performance Project.

The 2016 Fellows are listed below. 

2016 John Jay/H.F. Guggenheim Reporting Fellows

(in Alphabetical Order)

St. John Barned-Smith, Houston Chronicle 
Virginia Black,  South Bend Tribune
Shelly Bradbury, Chattanooga Times Free Press 
Kathleen Bryan, Montana Standard 
Kathleen Bryan, Montana Standard 
Maurice Chammah, The Marshall Project 
Gary Craig, Democrat and Chronicle (NY)
Stephen Maing, The Nation (independent filmmaker)
Nick Malinowski, Truthout
David Ovalle, Miami Herald 
Amy Radil, KUOW Public Radio 
Kristen Senz, New Hampshire Bar News
Evan Sernoffsky, San Francisco Chronicle
Lex Talamo, The Shreveport Times 
Kathleen Phalen Tomaselli, Rutland Herald
Ross Tuttle, The Nation (independent filmmaker) 
Joshua Vaughn, The Sentinel (PA
Lauren Lee White, VICE

2016 John Jay/Quattrone Reporting Fellows (in Alphabetical Order)

Andrew Becker, Center for Investigative Reporting/Reveal 
Tim Eigo, Arizona Attorney
Rui Kaneya, Honolulu Civil Beat
John Buntin, Governing Magazine 

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.

The Center on Media, Crime and Justice, established at John Jay College in 2006, is the nation's only practice- and research-oriented think tank devoted to encouraging and developing high-quality reporting on criminal justice, and to promoting better-informed public debate on the complex 21st century challenges of law enforcement, public security and justice in a globalized urban society. For more information, visit http://johnjayresearch.org/cmcj/ or  www.thecrimereport.org

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation sponsors scholarly research on problems of violence. For more information, visit http://www.hfg.org