Criminal Justice Matters
Since the fall of 2011, The Center on Media, Crime and Justice has been produced the long-running monthly CUNY-TV public television show called “Criminal Justice Matters,” aimed at New Yorkers and taped at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
With Stephen Handelman’s guidance, CMCJ is reinventing Criminal Justice Matters as a criminal justice “newsmagazine”—the only one in the New York area—with interviews with prominent leaders in the field of justice and politics, and producing visuals oriented towards emerging criminal justice topics.
Criminal Justice Matters has produced shows dedicated to the school- to- prison pipeline, school security, white-collar crime, and how social media is impacting the criminal justice field among others.
July 5, 2017 – Will Justice Reform Survive the Trump Era?
John Jay College President Jeremy Travis discussed the prospects for fixing the U.S. justice system with a “tough-on-crime” leader in the White House. Travis, who steps down in August, after 13 years at the helm of CUNY’s youngest senior college chats with Criminal Justice Matters host Stephen Handelman about the school’s emergence as a world-renowned educator of “fierce advocates for justice.”
February 3, 2016 – NYC’s PLUMMETING CRIME RATE: IS IT REAL?
Crime in New York has dropped to its lowest rates since the 1960s. Richard Aborn, President of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, and Prof. Peter Moskos of John Jay College discuss the reasons—and why some remain skeptical of the figures—with Stephen Handelman, host of “Criminal Justice Matters.”
Richard Aborn, President of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City
Prof. Peter Moskos, Assistant Professor in the Department of Law and Police Science, John Jay College
September 5, 2015 – Immigration in ICE
NY City Council Member Carlos Menchaca and Prof. Farrin Anello, head of the New York City Bar’s immigration committee, discuss the impact of the debate over “sanctuary cities”—and the future of immigration reform—with Criminal Justice Matters host Stephen Handelman. Juan Carlos Ruiz and Ravi Ragbir of the New Sanctuary Movement discuss their work with undocumented immigrants as well.
NY City Council Member Carlos Menchaca
Prof. Farrin Anello, head of the New York City Bar’s immigration committee
March 5, 2014- EXPOSED: THE ART OF THE WATCHDOG
What do Nazi war criminals and New York City parking meters have in common? They each featured in a major government scandal—and each in turn was exposed by individuals determined to correct abuses of taxpayer money or of our trust in democracy. We call them “watchdogs” because they stand guard over our democratic institutions. But what makes a watchdog bark? In this edition of CJMs two of the nation’s leading good-government crusaders provide an inside glimpse of what they do—and why.
Dan Feldman, a former New York State Assemblyman, and co-author of a new book called ‘The Art of the Watchdog;”
Phil Zisman, Executive director of the Association of Inspectors General, and Distinguished Lecturer/Professor, Public Management, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
October 10th, 2013: THE NYPD: THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE FUTURE
Leading candidates proposing different views on policing during the stop and frisk, spying on Muslims and other alleged biases agendas. Criminal Justice Matters talks about the NYPD aims/motives, and where is it going in the near future.
Delores Jones Brown, Founding Director of John Jay’s Center on Race, Crime and Justice
Eugene O’ Donnell, JD, Professor of Law and Police Science, former police officer and prosecutor
Monami Maulik, Founder and Executive Director of DRUM, Desis Rising Up and Moving, a South Asian immigrant workers’ organization for social justice
September 11th, 2013: BREAKING THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE
Former New York State Chief Judge Judith Kaye, in a special appearance on John Jay College’s “Criminal Justice Matters” TV program, calls on the city’s next mayor and board of education chief to end the so-called “school to prison pipeline,” which has pushed many students with disciplinary issues on a path that lands them in the criminal justice system.
Former New York State Chief Judge Judith Kaye
Judge Monica Drinane, Supervising Judge of the Bronx County Family Court
Timothy Lisante, Superintendent of alternative NYC School District 79
May 1, 2013: MAKING SCHOOLS SAFER
In the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary School tragedy, CJM explores the debate about arming schoolteachers and further protecting schools from harm.
Jim Mulvaney, adjunct professor in Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College (& Pulitzer Prize winning journalist)
Glenn Stanton, former FBI agent and trainer, and
Mike Taylor, former agent with the Naval Criminal Intelligence Service.
April 3, 2013: EQUAL JUSTICE? The Public Defense system on Trial
To mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark Gideon ruling on public defenders, CJM devotes this program to a lengthy interview with Chief NYS Judge Jonathan Lippman, exploring the means of that ruling today and the steps that still need to be taken in NY and nationally to fulfill Gideon’s promise.
Kumar Rao, an attorney at Bronx Defenders, and
Damon Joe a 19-year-old who avoided a prison record when The Bronx Defenders took his case, Joe is a student at SUNY Delhi.
March 6, 2013 THE FUTURE OF CRIME JOURNALISM
CJM looks at changes in reporting on crime and justice following the media industry’s transformations and financial strains.
Alexa Capeloto, a journalism professor at John Jay College and a former enterprise editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune
Ahmed Tarandt, a John Jay student & reporter at The Sentinel, John Jay’s student newspaper
David Krajicek, NY Daily News columnist.
For past Criminal Justice Matters shows, please visit John Jay College Criminal Justice Matters page on YouTube.