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Rick Raemisch, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Corrections, and Piper Kerman, author of "Orange is the New Black," to Speak at John Jay College

New York, NY, January 2014 --- Rick Raemisch, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Corrections and James Craig, Chief of the Detroit Police Department head the list of speakers at the Ninth Annual Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City on Monday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

Piper Kerman will receive the 2014 Justice Trailblazer Award for Outstanding Achievement in bringing the public’s attention to the criminal justice system at a dinner honoring the winners of the 2013-2014 John Jay/H.F. Guggenheim Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Awards on the evening of February 10.

The symposium features a prestigious group of speakers, including Hon. Dana Redd, Mayor of Camden, NJ; Dean Esserman, Chief, New Haven Police Department; Carol R. Naughton, Senior Vice President, Purpose-Built Communities; Glenn Martin, Fortune Society; Frederick Hutson, founder, Pigeonly; Tyson Johnson, Bright Planet, and Bill Sabol, acting Director, Bureau of Justice Statistics. They will discuss this year’s conference topic, Justice and Prosperity: Reviving the Economic Potential of America’s Justice-Involved Communities and Individuals (and the Role of the Press).”

Twenty 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 CMCJ, 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—Piper Kerman—whose career in criminal justice communications and as an 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 visit:

Tickets to the dinner cost $175/per person. To order tickets please visit:

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 Reporting 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 2014 conference.

The Fellows will receive financial assistance or stipends to 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 2014 Fellows are listed below.

2014 John Jay/H.F. Guggenheim Reporting Fellows

(in Alphabetical Order)

Sarah Armaghan, Newsday
Greg Barnes, The Fayetteville Observer
JB Clark, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
Gina Damron, Detroit Free Press
Andrea Dukakis, Colorado Public Radio
Beverly Ford, Freelance
Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
Elizabeth Johnson, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Martin Kaste, NPR
Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, Oregonian
Sarah Mervosh, Dallas Morning News
Michael Montgomery, The Center for Investigative Reporting/KQED
Christopher Moraff, The Philadelphia Tribune
Peter Nickeas, The Chicago Tribune
Nicole Norfleet, The Star Tribune (MN)
Becky Pallack, Arizona Daily Star
Glenn Smith, The Post and Courier
Alison Smith, The Times-News (Idaho)
Terrell Jermaine Starr, (New York City)
Jason Whong, Star-Gazette (Elmira, New York)

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