Since 2006, the Center on Media, Crime and Justice (CMCJ) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice has promoted evidence-based reporting on criminal justice by bringing journalists together with policymakers, academics and practitioners for candid discussions and briefings on major topics of the day. More than 750 reporters and editors around the country have participated as reporting fellows. A LIST of symposia, podcasts and video from the meetings, and links to the journalists’ work is below.
The award honors individuals in the media or media-related fields who have advanced national understanding on the 21st century challenges of criminal justice. It was presented Feb 16, 2017 at a dinner at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.
Mayor Ras Baraka of Newark, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Indiana and Judge Jed Rakoff of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York led the distinguished group of speakers at the 11th annual John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America, held Feb 25-26, 2016, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.
Jelani Cobb, Staff Writer at The New Yorker, Cathy Spatz Widom, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at John Jay; and Arthur C. Evans, Jr., Commissioner of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disability Services were among the featured speakers at the September 21-22, 2015 symposium exploring violence-intervention strategies, co-sponsored by the Solutions Journalism Network.
Twenty- five U.S. journalists from print, online and broadcast outlets were selected for a year-long reporting project examining the mentally ill in America’s jails and prisons, co-sponsored by the Langeloth Foundation. The project began with a May 4-5 2015 conference at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
In the past year, news reports and academic studies have revealed startling conditions for juveniles at adult and youth detention facilities, systemic hurdles faced by teens whose parents are imprisoned, and institutional biases against students with behavioral issues. But the media has just started covering these troubling subjects.
Sixteen editors and reporters from Central America and Mexico joined top experts and academics in criminal justice at a two-day workshop in Washington DC. Attendees discussed innovative approaches and best practices underway in the U.S. in sentencing, courts and penal reform, juvenile justice. These areas are now at the forefront of efforts to transform criminal justice administration and practice in Mexico and Central America.
More than 30 top practitioners, academics and private-sector leaders will joined 20 journalists for two days of candid discussion on the lingering failures and inequities of the system and the economic impact those failures have had –not just on those who are released from prison, but on their families and neighborhoods— at the 9th annual John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.
Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, today announced that Cindy Chang and the investigative team of The Times-Picayune and Shane Bauer of Mother Jones magazine are the winners of the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim 2012-2013 Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Awards.