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With Special Thanks
Law Day, sponsored by the Pre-Law Institute in February, provided opportunities for our students to meet inspiring speakers and role models while learning about the intricacies of attending law school and its application process. We appreciate the participation of the following alumni as panelists for this event: Ben Agata BA/MA'08; Victoria L. Brown-Douglas, BS'84, JD; Mohammad Faridi BA'04, JD; Shauna-Kay Gooden BA/MPA'04; Luz Gonzalez BA'06; Anthony Lamberti BS'78, JD; Andre Lindsay BA'79, JD; Amy Mangione BA'04, JD; Rafael Muniz BA'05; Melinda Molina BS'98, JD; and Tom Ridges BA'95, JD. We also extend congratulations to the 2009 Law Day Alumni honoree and speaker, Larry Cunningham BS'97, JD.

 Jerylle Kemp, Director of Alumni Relations

College News

"What Works" for Successful Prisoner Reentry
In testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, President Jeremy Travis noted the scope of the reentry phenomenon, the connection between reentry and public safety and summarized recent research findings that demonstrate effective reentry programs. With more than 700,000 people leaving state and federal prisons each year and an estimated 13 million individuals leaving the nation's jails, "the net effect of these realities is profound," Travis said. "A majority of these individuals come from a small number of communities in urban America; these communities, already struggling with poor schools, poor health care, and weak labor markets, are now shouldering the burden of reintegrating record numbers of returning prisoners." Pointing out that the nexus between reentry and public safety is recidivism, Travis said, "Because our crime rates have fallen to historic low levels, and because the size of the reentry population has risen to historic high levels, the percentage of all arrests in a jurisdiction that can be attributed to individuals recently released from prison has grown steadily." Travis pointed out that there is an emerging body of research about the effectiveness of some reentry programs and urged committee members to fund programs of "proven effectiveness" and "rigorous research demonstration projects that will test new ideas and expand the body of knowledge to include more effective interventions." He also suggested that "Congress should encourage states to develop certification processes to ensure that all state-funded reentry programs are evidence-based." For the full text of his testimony, click here.

John Jay Takes ACJS Conference by Storm
Sixty of John Jay's faculty members, staff and students presented their research in Boston last month for the four-day annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). "Once again John Jay had more presenters at the ACJS conference than any other college or university in the country," said James Levine, Dean of Research. "This is yet another manifestation of our ever-expanding research agendas and our prominence in the world of criminal justice scholarship." (To meet one of John Jay's undergraduate's who presented her thesis at the conference, see the Student Highlights section below.)


The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
by Stephen Adly Guirgis

Tuesday, April 21, 2009  8:00 PM
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 8:00 PM
Thursday, April 23, 2009 8:00 PM
Friday, April 24, 2009 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 25, 2009 8:00 PM

The Department of Communication and Theatre Arts and the APACHE Project are proud to present The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by Dana Tarantino. The play is about the explosive result of what can happen when theatre meets theology. The seriocomic play takes place in an imagined world between heaven and hell as it reexamines the plight and fate of the New Testament's most infamous sinner in a trial of "God and the Kingdom of Heaven and Earth versus Judas Iscariot."

Tickets $10: General Admission
Reservations may be made by calling 212.695.6908.

John Jay College
Gerald W. Lynch Theater
899 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Annual Spring 2009 Job Fair
Thursday, April 23, 2008                              3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Office of Career Development Services is pleased to invite alumni to participate in its annual Job Fair. Participants must wear traditional business attire and bring at least 10 copies of their resume. You will be required to leave a copy of your resume at the entrance to the job fair. Please note: the Job Fair is open to John Jay College alumni and students only.

For more information, contact Crystal Farmer at 212.237.8754 or

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899 Tenth Avenue (enter from the third floor)
New York City

Graduate Lecture Series
Thursday, April 23, 2009                              5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

The final lecture of the Spring 2009 series is "The New York State Budget Crunch" presented by The Honorable Herman D. Farrell, Jr., Chairperson, Ways and Means Committee, New York State Assembly.

For more information, contact Petula Bailey at or 646.557.4518.

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445 West 59th Street, Multipurpose Room 2200N
New York City

Navigating Workshop

Thursday, April 23, 2009 2:00 PM
Thursday, April 30, 2009 2:00 PM
Thursday, May 7, 2009 2:00 PM
Thursday, May 14, 2009 2:00 PM

This workshop is designed to teach students and alumni interested in federal employment how they can better utilize to find and apply for opportunities. Attendees will learn how to set up accounts on the website, search tactics, as well as the importance of codes, numbers and dates found on job announcements. In addition, websites that work in conjunction with will be discussed. Please note: this workshop is open to John Jay College students and alumni only.

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445 West 59th Street, Room 3400
New York City


by Sean Christopher Lewis

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 7:00 PM
Thursday, April 30, 2009 7:00 PM
Friday, May 1, 2009 7:00 PM

Commissioned by the Mural Arts Project of Philadelphia and InterAct Theatre, Killadelphia is the latest work from award-winning playwright and solo performer Sean Christopher Lewis. Lewis uses hip hop and documentary theatre techniques to weave together the story of murdered teaching fellow Beau Zabel with interviews from lifers at Graterford Prison - a group of men employed in prison to paint many of the 2,000 murals seen throughout the city of Philadelphia.

Tickets are $15 and can be acquired through Ticket Central at 212.279.4200 or For more information about the Performing Arts at John Jay, click here.

John Jay College
Gerald W. Lynch Theater
899 Tenth Avenue
New York City

Occasional Series on Reentry Research
The Impact of Incarceration on Future Criminal Behavior
Friday, May 1, 2009                              8:30 AM - 10:00 PM

The Prisoner Reentry Institute is pleased to invite you to this presentation by Dan Nagin, University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics, Carnegie Mellon Heinz College.

RSVP to Amelia Thompson at 212.484.1399 or

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899 Tenth Avenue, Room 630T
New York City

Police Week Reception in Washington, DC
Thursday, May 15, 2009                        6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

President Jeremy Travis, Alumni Association President Michael McCann (BS '74, JD), and the Alumni Board cordially invite all John Jay alumni to a special Open House during Police Week 2009 in Washington, DC. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP to Please be sure to provide your full name, degree(s), graduation year(s), and your email address. For more information, contact Jeryllle Kemp, Director of Alumni Relations, at 212.237.8964.

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Washington, DC

Alumni Spotlight

Lawrence F. Loesch (AS '75, BA '77, JD)

Earlier this year Lawrence F. Loesch (AS '75, BA '77, JD) was sworn in as the New York City Chapter Chairman of ASIS International, the leading organization for security professionals. Currently, Loesch is Vice President and General Manager of AlliedBarton Security Services, the largest American-owned security officer services company. He is charge of the New York City region with close to 5,000 employees. Among his clients are the City of New York and the MTA. One of the hallmarks of AlliedBarton is its training. "Training is my brand," Loesch notes. Such emphasis has paid off and AlliedBarton's Leadership Bootcamp is now highly ranked in Training magazine's top 125 companies with employer-sponsored workforce training and development. Before joining AlliedBarton, he served as Director of Corporate Security for Credit Suisse First Boston and UBS/Paine Webber. Like many John Jay graduates, Loesch's career in public safety actually began with the New York City Police Department. In his 30 years with the department, he rose through the ranks retiring as a Deputy Chief in 1998. "The education and perseverance that I acquired at John Jay were great starting points for my career. They helped me to move up professionally and also gave me the incentive to continue my education." Graduating summa cum laude from John Jay, he went on to St. John's Law School on a full-scholarship. "Some of my police peers struggled with the transition to the private sector," he says. "One of first things I did was to earn the CPP (Certified Protection Professional) credential. It was a mindset change and a good step to take in being recognized by my new group of security peers."

Student Highlights

Amanda Ingle

Graduating senior Amanda Ingle of the John Jay's Honors Program was one of the sixty John Jay participants who attended the annual conference of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in Boston last month. Ingle was there to present her thesis, "Changing Norms: The Effect of Positive Peer Culture Programs on the Recidivism of Juvenile Delinquents." "I would not have done that if I weren't in the Honors Program," she says. Ingle was accepted into the Program as a freshman and relocated from Pennsylvania to attend. "I liked that the professors at John Jay were doing world renowned research. I was reading about them and often saw them on the news." Without any friends or family in the area when she started, Ingle says the transition to New York City was "incredibly smooth" because of the people in the Honors Program. "The faculty and staff have become like my family-away-from-home. They are my 'go to' people whenever I need guidance with academic or personal issues. I've met friends that I hope will be life-long friends. I have been extremely impressed with the mission of the Honors Program which encapsulates the larger mission of the school, which is to promote student/faculty partnerships in doing research. I don't see friends at other colleges doing the types of things that students at John Jay are doing. It's not just about classroom experience; it's also about real world experience." Professors Candace McCoy and Todd Clear served as mentors for her senior thesis.

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