INTERPOL AND UNODC CHOOSE JOHN JAY TO EXAMINE INTERNATIONAL CRIME DATA

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
The City University of New York
899 Tenth Ave., New York, N.Y., 10019

Chris Godek , 212-237-8628
Doreen Vinas, 212-237-8645


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

1/17/2006, 1:13:00 PM
 
New York, NY – January 17, 2006 -- Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, today announced that John Jay has entered into partnerships with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Interpol, two of the world’s leading criminal justice agencies, to examine and help verify the quality and consistency of their crime data.

“We are honored to be the first and only college in the United States to enter into partnerships with the UNODC and Interpol,” said President Jeremy Travis. “Long recognized as one of America’s leading colleges for crime data collection and analysis, our work with these prestigious agencies not only affirms the College’s leadership role in the criminal justice arena in the U.S. but abroad as well. Our faculty and students are uniquely qualified to assume such global research and analysis efforts.”

At the request of the UNODC, John Jay prepared and published a report in November 2005 on the UNODC’s most recent survey of member nations' crime data. In this report, John Jay examined and verified UNODC member nations’ survey data relating to crime trends and various components of their members’ criminal justice systems. The John Jay report, along with individual country responses to the report, is posted on the UNODC website.

For Interpol, John Jay is preparing reports on their international crime statistics. These reports will also look at the research and methodological issues this project raises and make observations about the research difficulties and issues encountered.

Through these new partnerships, John Jay College faculty and students are evaluating data received from UNODC and Interpol. The John Jay team is identifying anomalies in these responses by comparing them with data submitted in earlier surveys. When completed, the college’s analysis of the responses to the UNODC and Interpol data will be provided to member nations so that they may clarify and comment on their original responses.

As Project Director, Marilyn Rubin, Professor of Public Administration and Economics noted: “We are hopeful that our work will help to improve the data available to inform policy making by UNODC and Interpol and by their member nations. Results of comparative analysis can underpin strategies to reduce crime, for example, through the benchmarking of national crime prevention and criminal justice policies.”

“The expertise offered by John Jay College in this area is proving very valuable to us,” said Michael Rose, Interpol’s Chief of Communications and Publications. “The analysis and validation of international crime statistics from our member countries helps us to ensure that this material is of high quality, reliable and useful.”

According to Thibault Le Pichon, Chief of the Research and Analysis Section at UNODC, the assistance provided by John Jay College plays an important role in controlling the quality of the data before further analysis and publication by UNODC.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York is an international leader in educating for justice. It offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 14,000 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.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. It is mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against drugs, crime and terrorism. Established in 1997, the UNODC is headquartered in Vienna.

Interpol is the world’s largest international police organization with 184 member countries, which each maintain an Interpol National Central Bureau staffed by members of their national police. Police and customs officers using Interpol’s global police communications system, known as I-24/7, can access instantaneously an array of databases, international wanted persons notices and other crucial criminal information.
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