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Martin F. Horn Appointed Distinguished Lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

New York, NY, June 24, 2009 -- John Jay College of Criminal Justice today announced the appointment of Martin F. Horn, former Commissioner of NYC Department of Correction and Department of Probation as a Distinguished Lecturer in the College’s Department of Law & Police Science.

“We are honored to have such a distinguished alumnus and public servant joining our faculty. He brings to the College a wealth of knowledge and practical experience that will be invaluable to our students,” said Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Commissioner Martin Horn said, “I am delighted to join the faculty of my alma mater John Jay College which has become the premier center for innovative criminal justice thinking. I look forward to teaching and sharing my experience with the next generation of criminal justice professionals and participating in the work of its Prisoner Reentry Institute.”

In accepting Com. Horn’s resignation, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg noted, “Marty is recognized around the nation as one of the strongest advocates of prison reform, and a champion for humane conditions and respectful treatment who understands the potential of those committed to the City’s custody. His work to create an innovative jail-based reentry program, which is defined by a remarkable degree of interagency collaboration and community participation, has been hailed as a national model and is being replicated throughout the country.”

Commissioner Horn has accomplished much to be proud of. As a result of his leadership, the City dramatically changed the way the family court system responds to juvenile delinquents, replacing destructive institutionalization with community based supervision demonstrated to obtain better outcomes. During his tenure, the success of persons on probation improved dramatically. The Probation Department created geographic information and accountability systems that are unparalleled in their sector and make the work of probation officers more effective.

Prior to his appointment as Commissioner of the Department of Correction and the Department of Probation, he served as a member of Governor Tom Ridge’s Senior Staff as Secretary of Administration for the State of Pennsylvania. From March 1995 until January 2000, he served as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Corrections. Horn earlier served as executive director and chief operating officer for the New York State Division of Parole, was assistant commissioner of corrections for New York State and Superintendent of Hudson Correctional Facility, and was an assistant professor of criminal justice at State University College in Utica, New York from 1975 to 1977. He began his career as a New York State Parole Officer in 1969. Throughout his career, Horn has continued to be a teacher holding adjunct positions at Harrisburg Area Community College in Pennsylvania and John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

Horn earned a bachelor's degree in government from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1969, and a master's degree in criminal justice from John Jay College, City University of New York, in 1974. Horn is co-Chair of the Correction Committee of the American Bar Association and the 2005 recipient of the Michael Francke Award from the Association of State Correctional Administrators.

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