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Written Into Law: The Legacy of African-American Subjugation

A new book offers a timely look at the ugly history of race-based laws. In “Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law In Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana” professors Ariela J. Gross, of the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, and Alejandro de la Fuente, of Harvard University, trace how colonial-era laws used to subjugate people of color still resonate in our justice system.

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CNN, Anchorage Daily News Win 2020 John Jay/H.F. Guggenheim Justice Reporting Prizes

The 15th annual awards, the nation’s most prestigious prizes for justice journalism, went to Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken of CNN for their exposé of privatized prison health care, and Kyle Hopkins of the Anchorage Daily News for his series examining the plight of indigenous Alaskans living with no police protection. John Jay President Karol Mason also announced 26 journalists have been chosen as John Jay justice reporting fellows for this year.

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Can People Change for the Better in Prison?

The answer requires recognizing, first, that the current prison system is not designed to promote positive transformation, says Lila Kazemian, an associate professor at John Jay College and author of a new book examining the conditions that can foster “desistance” from crime in prison.