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President Jeremy Travis Honored With Distinguished Public Service Award

New York, NY – April 21, 2010 – Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, received the Distinguished Public Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Service from the School of Criminal Justice, the State University of New York at Albany. The award ceremony took place as part of the 26th Annual John E. Burton Lecture on April 20th at the University at Albany.

The Award recognizes notable individuals who have dedicated their careers to serving the people of New York. The lecture series honors John E. Burton, who served as New York State’s Director of the Budget from 1943 to 1950 under Governor Thomas E. Dewey and is credited for modernizing the budget process and advancing the notion of professionalism in government.

President Travis had devoted his entire career to public service. Prior to his appointment at John Jay College in 2004, he served as a senior fellow in the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, where he launched a national research program focused on prisoner reentry into society. 

From 1994 to 2000, Travis directed the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to his service in Washington, he was deputy commissioner for legal matters for the New York City Police Department (1990-94), a special advisor to New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch (1986-89), and special counsel to the Police Commissioner of the NYPD (1984-86).

Before joining city government, Travis spent a year as a law clerk to then U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  He began his career in criminal justice working as a legal services assistant for the Legal Aid Society, New York’s indigent defense agency, and taught courses on criminal justice, public policy, history and law at Yale College, the New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York Law School and George Washington University.

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 15,000 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