December 2020




The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and John Jay College of Criminal Justice (John Jay) have released a report, Future of Public Safety,

detailing nine points of consensus among law enforcement, activists, union leaders, and elected officials to realize a more racially-just system of public safety and policing in America. Read More





New York City may be going through its share of challenges because of the coronavirus pandemic, but plans to uplift the City are already underway, thanks to the work of passionate New Yorkers like alumna Melva M. Miller ’96. As the newly appointed CEO of Association for a Better New York (ABNY), she’s working with government officials, community organizations, and industry partners to spearhead efforts to get the City and New Yorkers back on track. Read More





This year’s Annual Day of Giving raised over $270,000, and the generous donations could not have come at a more important time. “As a result of the pandemic, many John Jay students are facing issues of hunger, food insecurity, homelessness, eviction, and the possibility of their utilities being cut off,” said President Karol V. Mason. “The funds raised throughout the Annual Day of Giving campaign will support our most vulnerable students during this challenging time.” Read More





John Jay College is recognized again in several 2020 rankings by major print and online publications for being a leader in providing access to quality education at an affordable price, and in propelling low-income students into the middle class. Read More





For nearly three decades, Professor of Sociology Jayne Mooney, Ph.D. has been at the forefront of research in the Critical Criminology field, with her work informing government policy change, providing insight into social-political history, and advancing change in society. Read More





Not being able to gather on campus would seem to be a stumbling block for holding the 13th Annual First-Year Student Showcase—as we’d normally peruse hundreds of poster board presentations in the halls of John Jay—but that didn’t stop our students, who were guided by the incomparable Nancy Yang, Associate Director of First Year Programs, who managed our first-ever virtual First-Year Student Showcase. Read More





Over the course of the last nine years, Marie Springer, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Public Management, has been hard at work unraveling the mystery surrounding Ponzi schemes. What are the characteristics of a Ponzi scheme? What makes people more likely to fall prey to a Ponzi scheme? And, is there an archetype for a Ponzi scheme perpetrator? In her forthcoming book The Politics of Ponzi Schemes: History, Theory and Policy, she’s answering those questions. Read More





The outbreak of Covid-19 has accelerated a number of existing trends in the United States; along with giving a big boost to remote work and the digital economy, and reinforcing existing socioeconomic inequality, 2020 has also seen an uptick of movement from big cities to smaller ones. Read More





Distinguished Professor Saul Kassin, Ph.D., has been named a recipient of the 2021 Association for Psychological Science (APS) James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award. The award recognizes Kassin for his formative work on the scientific study of criminal confessions.


A scholarly article written by Associate Professor Jodie Roure, Ph.D., was recently published on the United Nations World Health Organization website’s Covid-19 Global Literature on the coronavirus disease.


Class Notes

New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado (M.A. ’19) has been named Task Force Co-Chair on the state’s Covid-19 Vaccine Equity Taskforce.


Mayuri Saxena (M.P.A. ’13) has announced her first art show, “Beauty in Disability by Mayuri Saxena.” The virtual gallery experience will be held on January 14 at 7 p.m. EST with all proceeds going to I AM ALS. Saxena was also recently mentioned on the House Floor when Congressman Jeff Fortenberry presented the Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act.


Edwin Escobar (B.S. ’13) has been sworn in as a new police officer by the Greenwich Police. Prior to joining the Greenwich Police Department, Escobar served in the Army National Guard where he held the rank of Military Police First Lieutenant.


In Memoriam

Alumna Rosa L. Cruz, a longtime educator, community organizer, and grassroots advocate, passed away last month. Cruz was passionate about education, teaching in elementary schools and high schools, volunteering at her local Boys and Girls Club, working with the LARE program in Massachusetts, and helping with several outreach programs to help support students. We offer our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, and students.





Thursday, January 7, 2021

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. | Zoom

During this interactive workshop, Professor Alexandra Carter, Director of the Mediation Clinic at Columbia Law School and author of Ask for More: Ten Questions to Negotiate Anything, will share several strategies for conquering conflict and creating understanding. She’ll also share strategies that can be used in mediation and in everyday life.

To RSVP, email:


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Zoom

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