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From the President – Karol V. Mason
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From the President – Karol V. Mason

Creating a Better Future John Jay prides itself on providing a pathway for students to pursue advanced study, find meaningful careers, and achieve social mobility through education. This pathway is critical for the continued strength of our communities, our country, and our world. In this issue of Justice Matters we’re celebrating the life-changing impact education...

Educating at Otisville
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Educating at Otisville

Transforming Students’ Lives Through The Prison-to-College Pipeline. by Andrea Dawn Clark  Sitting in one of the classrooms at Otisville Correctional Facility, a medium-security state prison 79 miles northwest of Manhattan, you can easily forget that you’re in a prison. Yes, there are correctional officers on site. Yes, you have to go through gates and detectors...

Leading the Way
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Leading the Way

President Karol V. Mason and Provost Yi Li talk about their hopes for John Jay, student success, and their mutual admiration for each other. by Andrea Dawn Clark  When you first sit down with John Jay College President Karol V. Mason and Provost Yi Li, you see their differences. She likes to “think out loud”...

A Warm Welcome
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A Warm Welcome

John Jay’s Immigrant Student Success Center offers resources, comfort, and community. by Abe Loomis  “You feel distraught when you lose everything you know,” Jessica ’19 says, reflecting on her experience as an immigrant student, “but you try to catch up as much as you can.” For Jessica, who fled violence in her native Ecuador with...

Precision in Practice
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Precision in Practice

John Jay and the NYPD crime reduction connection by Keith Nelson Jr. New York City is safer because the New York City Police Department (NYPD) is practicing “precision policing.” Major felony offenses have decreased every year since 2013 resulting in a 13.9 percent reduction over that time span, according to NYPD crime data. Over that...

Alumni Profile:  Living the Dream
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Alumni Profile: Living the Dream

Alumna Catalina Cruz ’05 becomes a New York State Assemblywoman. By Andrea Dawn Clark When nine-year-old Catalina Cruz first emigrated to New York City from Colombia, one of her favorite things to do was to play in the snow. “There was something about how peaceful it felt when it snowed,” says Cruz. “I had a...

Alumni Profile: The Voice in the Courtroom
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Alumni Profile: The Voice in the Courtroom

The journey of Thomas C. Ridges ’95 from a Bedford-Stuyvesant kid, to the NYPD, to outstanding prosecutor. By Mary Anderson Imagine New York City in the late ’80s and early ’90s. There were 2,245 murders in 1990, 2,154 in 1991, and every year after that had at least 1,000 murders up to, and including, 1995....

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