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John Jay Launches Criminal Justice Based Literary Journal - Police Officers, Poets and Prisoners Writings Showcased Library Journal and Utne Reader Praise Content

New York, NY, July 10, 2008 – John Jay College of Criminal Justice premiered its J Journal: New Writing on Justice, which takes a multidisciplinary approach to criminal justice issues. 

The inaugural issue includes fiction, poetry and personal essays from a California prisoner serving life; law enforcement professionals, their wives and sons; award-winning poets from Texas and Oregon, a Los Angeles story writer; lawyers; and college professors from across the country. 

J Journal is framed within John Jay’s principal points of academic focus and was generated when we found no outlet for those writing creatively within the criminal justice field,” said Professor Adam Berlin of the English department, who is co-editor of the journal along with his colleague, English professor Jeffrey Heiman.  “The works examine justice issues from a variety of angles and perspectives. Responses to our calls for submissions were enthusiastic and came from all parts of the country,” added Heiman.

Recent reviews by the Library Journal and Utne Reader have praised the J Journal’s content.  The Library Journal  noted that “…the content provides an engaging perspective on justice in America.”   The Utne Reader called the J Journal  “…a strange and delightful hybrid of literary, creative writing on crime, criminal justice, law and law enforcement published by the college’s English department.”

J Journal will be published twice a year and will target readers of literary journals and criminal justice professionals interested in creative writing about such issues. Subscriptions will be available to libraries, criminal justice institutions, and other criminal justice programs.

For subscription information and submission guidelines, please visit or email the editors at

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 nationsIn 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