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Spring 2009 J Journal Features Writings on Justice

Prison Inmates, Law Enforcement Professionals and New Writers

Showcased in Latest Issue

New York, NY, July 1, 2009 – John Jay College of Criminal Justice has published the third issue of J Journal: New Writing on Justice. Contributors include established and new writers, professionals in the law enforcement field, lawyers, professors in the humanities and social sciences, and prison inmates.

J Journal: New Writing on Justice examines the justice issue through creative work, directly and tangentially. Unlike other Criminal Justice journals, J Journal presents its analyses of contemporary justice issues through creative, not scholarly work. J Journal’s short stories, poetry and creative nonfiction expand the question: What is Justice?

Co-edited by Professors Adam Berlin and Jeffrey Heiman of the English department, J Journal is published twice a year, targeting readers of literary journals and criminal justice professionals interested in creative writing about such issues. Here’s what some critics have said:

  • “…the content [of J Journal] provides an engaging perspective on justice in America.” — Library Journal

  • “From the John Jay College of Criminal Justice comes the new J Journal: a strange and delightful hybrid of literary, creative writing on crime, criminal justice, law, and law enforcement…” — UTNE Reader

  • “J” publishes work that grapples with crime, punishment and human rights [and] showcases voices and ideas that do not usually appear in other literary magazines…. I think we can expect great things from this lit mag.” — The ReviewReview

  • “Opening this stylish-looking rag is not just a distinct pleasure, it is a nourishing experience.” — NewPages


Subscriptions are 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 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