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Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney, Eastern District, and David Simon, creator of TV’s “The Wire,” to speak at John Jay College

New York, NY, Jan. 22, 2013 --- Loretta E. Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy head the list of speakers at the Eighth Annual Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City on Monday, February 4 and Tuesday, Feb 5 , 2013.

David Simon will receive the first annual award for Outstanding Career Media Achievement in Criminal Justice at a dinner honoring the winners of the 2012-2013 John Jay/H.F. Guggenheim Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Awards on the evening of Feb 4.

The symposium features a prestigious group of speakers, including Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts; Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps; Jerry Madden, a Senior Fellow with Right on Crime and former Chairman of the Texas House of Representatives Corrections Committee; Norman Reimer, director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Alicia Glenn, managing director of the urban investment group at Goldman Sachs, discussing this year’s conference topic, "Smart Justice: Changing How We Think About Crime and Punishment."

Eighteen U.S. journalists from print, online and broadcast outlets have also been awarded Reporting Fellowships to attend the conference. The unique fellowships, organized by John Jay’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice (CMCJ), are aimed at encouraging and promoting top-quality journalism on criminal justice.

"The prospects of bipartisan agreement for genuine policy changes in our troubled criminal justice system now look extremely positive—and we hope our symposium can make a real contribution to the debate," said Stephen Handelman, director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice, which organizes the annual symposium.

"And we’re particularly proud to recognize the media’s important role in that debate by honoring one of our own—David Simon—whose career as a journalist and author exemplifies the best standards of the profession."

Attendance at the on-the-record symposium is free. For a complete list of speakers, an agenda, and registration information, please click here.

Tickets to the dinner cost $250/per person ($125 for students, faculty and nonprofit representatives). To order tickets please visit: click here.

The John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium is the only national gathering that brings together journalists, legislators, policymakers, scholars and practitioners for candid on-the-record discussions on emerging issues of U.S. criminal justice. Panel topics this year include: raising capital for justice bipartisan agenda, grass-roots strategies for criminal justice, victim reconciliation and pre-trial detention.

The Fellows were selected from a wide pool of applicants based on editors’ recommendations and on investigative reporting projects currently underway or in the planning stage related to the topics explored at the 2013 conference. Their projects cover subjects ranging from an exploration of black market prescription drugs to the use of confidential informants and the problems of mental health in the prison system.

The Fellows will receive financial assistance or stipends that enable them to attend the conference and related events. Overall support for the conference and fellowships comes from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Ford Foundation, the Pew Center on the States Public Safety Performance Project and the Public Welfare Foundation. These organizations did not participate in the review or selection of the fellows.

The 2013 Fellows are listed below.

2013 John Jay/H.F. Guggenheim Reporting Fellows

(in Alphabetical Order)

Dominic Adams, MLiveFlint (MI)
Yamil Berard, Fort-Worth (TX) Star Telegram
Lelani Clark, WBAI, New York
Daniel Denvir, City Paper (PA)
Mick Dumke, Chicago Reader
Wayne Ezell, Florida Times-Union
Justin Fenton, Baltimore Sun
Susan Ferriss, Center for Public Integrity
Gus Garcia-Roberts, Newsday
Karen Houppert, author, "Chasing Gideon"
Michael Kiefer, Arizona Republic
Brendan Kirby, Press Register (AL)
Corrine Lestch, New York Daily News
Maggie Mulvihill, New England Center for Investigative Reporting
Andrea Noble, The Washington Times
Sadhbh Walshe, The Guardian (UK)
Shoshana Walter, Bay Citizen, San Francisco
Paula Wissel, KPLU, Tacoma

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

The Center on Media, Crime and Justice, established at John Jay College in 2006, is the nation's only practice- and research-oriented think tank devoted to encouraging and developing high-quality reporting on criminal justice, and to promoting better-informed public debate on the complex 21st century challenges of law enforcement, public security and justice in a globalized urban society. For more information, visit or

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation sponsors scholarly research on problems of violence. For more information, visit