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John Jay College Receives More Than $1.5 Million In Federal Support For New Research Initiatives

New York, NY – January 22, 2008John Jay College of Criminal Justice today announced receipt of more than $1.5 million in federal funds (Congressional earmarks and grants) to support a variety of criminal justice research initiatives -- emergency response to large-scale disasters, gang violence and crime prevention, sex offender management, domestic violence, undergraduate science education, and public safety leadership.

“The Congressional earmarks will insure that national visibility is given to the landmark work of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control and the Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response. Furthermore, federal funding of our programs helps to reinforce John Jay’s criminal justice leadership position. Our faculty are recognized world over for their expertise and these funds attest to their scholarship,” said President Travis.

The Congressional earmarks and federal grants include:

    • A $330,000 grant from the U.S Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services for a project entitled “Real-time Decision Making for Public Safety Executives.” Under Ellen Scrivner, Director of John Jay Leadership Academy, this program will focus on the real world practice of preparedness leadership and decision-making among public safety leaders.

    • Sponsored and led by Congressman Jerold Nadler (D-NY), $305,500 was earmarked by Congress to support the award-winning work of the College’s Center for Crime Prevention and Control directed by Professor David Kennedy. Through these funds, the Center will develop and disseminate crime reduction strategies through hands-on fieldwork, research and unique partnerships with community, police and other law enforcement professionals in cities across the United States.

    • A $296,656 grant from the National Institute of Justice for a project entitled “Sex Offender Management, Treatment, and Civil Commitment: An Evidence Based Analysis Aimed at Reducing Sexual Violence.” Under the direction of Professors Elizabeth Jeglic and Cynthia Mercado of the psychology department, this project will examine the program management, treatment and recidivism of sexual offenders in New Jersey.

    • A $265,883 grant from the Centers for Disease Control for a project entitled “Can Family Based Prevention of Conduct Problems Prevent IPV Development.” Under the direction of Miriam Ehrensaft, professor of psychology, this program will examine whether IPV (Intimate Partner Violence) in high-risk children can be prevented via early, family-focused preventative intervention for conduct problems.

    • A $206,424 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a project directed at the Comprehensive Program Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) Invitational Priority A. Under the direction of Anthony Carpi, professor of science, this program will develop a curriculum and supporting content for teaching the process of science to undergraduates.

    • Sponsored and led by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) with support from the New York Delegation in particular Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), $178,600 was earmarked by Congress to support the creation of the Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies. Under the direction of Glenn Corbett, professor of public management, the Center will provide an integrated and comprehensive approach to the study of emergency response to national large-scale disasters such as the attacks on the World Trade Center and Hurricane Katrina.

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York 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. For more information, visit