Welcome to the Center on Race, Crime, and Justice


The Center is a multifaceted multidisciplinary entity for exploring critical issues at the intersection of race / ethnicity, crime and justice. Through a visiting scholars program, community partnerships and collaborative efforts within the College and across the University, Center participants conduct funded research aimed at answering several of the “big questions” that plague our understanding of crime and justice in a diverse society.

The findings from these research efforts are disseminated through Center sponsored colloquia and workshops designed to help faculty incorporate this important information within their course content. Undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral student researchers play a vital role in the Center’s functioning. Publication of research findings and reports is ongoing.

Job Announcement: Senior Research Associate – Center on Youth Justice

Stop-and-Frisk: A Growing Problem the City Does Not Acknowledge

Key Announcements

Roundtable on Current Debates, Research Agendas and Strategies to Address Racial Disparities in Police-initiated Stops in the UK and USA taking place on the 10th – 11th August 2011 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY.

Despite extensive research, campaigns and litigation, ‘racial/ethnic profiling’ persists in both the UK and USA creating a wedge between the police and communities. Police on both sides of the Atlantic rely heavily on powers to ‘Stop and Search’ or ‘Stop and Frisk’ people in public places. There is substantial statistical and other evidence suggesting that black people and ethnic minorities are disproportionally targeted, whether explicitly or implicitly, by these practices. The racial disparities have led to contested accusations that policing agencies engage in racial and ethnic profiling when attempting to enforce the law. Discussions of racial/ethnic profiling have become mired in arguments about intelligence, measuring proportionality and effectiveness. Polemics tend to ignore important initiatives and research findings showing that there are innovative ways to reduce racial/ethnic disproportionality and enhance community trust without cost and with benefits for police fairness and effectiveness.

The objective of the planned roundtable is to bring together key constituencies from academia, policing, the legal profession and civil society, from the UK and US, for a structured conversation about achievements, progress, gaps and potential pitfalls to strategies that address racial/ethnic profiling. The roundtable will focus primarily on police-initiated stops in domestic policing in both countries.

Jointly funded by John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Open Society Foundations.

Invitation Required.

– Agenda Click here

– Invited Guests Click Here

– Conference Papers Click here

John Jay College Confidential Informant Study Reveals Weaknesses in New Jersey Police Practices

The Sentencing Project has released its 2009 Annual Report. Executive Director Marc Mauer is a member of the Center on Race, Crime, and JusticeAdvisory Board.

New York Police-on-Police Shootings Task Force Releases Report:
The report examines the implications arising from police-on-police shootings and confrontations, particularly between on-duty and off-duty officers and between officers of different races, nationalities and ethnicities, and recommends ways to prevent such incidents in the future. The report recommends that departments, state government, and the US Department of Justice each take specific steps to:

– improve police training and tactics to defuse police-on-police confrontations before they turn fatal;
– improve the investigation of police-on-police shootings; and
– provide procedures that can improve the treatment of the officers and families involved.

New publications on race, crime and justice:

Blind Goddess
Edited by Alexander Papachristou
With a Foreword by Patricia J. Williams
The New Press, 2011



Racial Profiling: Causes and Consequences
by Ronnie A. Dunn and Wornie Reed
Kendall Hunt, 2011



The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gate, Jr. and Race, Class and Crime in America
by Charles Ogletree
Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010

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The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America
by Khalil Gabrin Muhammad
Harvard University Press, 2010


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindess
by Michelle Alexander
The New Press, 2009



Race and Justice Lecture Series – Spring 2010

Funded by the CUNY Diversity Project Grant, this recent lecture series features talks from some of the country’s leading scholars on race and justice.

Click Here for more info on the Race and Justice Lecture Series.


Barry Krisberg, Newest Visiting Scholar

Barry Krisberg, former President of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD), is the 2009-2010 Visiting Scholar for the Center on Race, Crime, and Justice.

Click Here for more info on the RCJ Center Visiting Scholars Program.


New Publications from Center Advisory Board Members!

The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science – Race, Crime, and Justice: Contexts and Complexities

May 2009, Volume 623, No. 1

Special editors: Lauren J. Krivo and Center on Race, Crime, and JusticeAdvisory Board Member Ruth D. Peterson


Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice
By Advisory Board Co-Chair Paul Butler
The New Press, 2009



Encyclopedia of Race and Crime
Ed. by Helen Taylor Greene, Advisory Board Member, and Shaun L. Gabbidon
Sage, 2009



Video: Can Stimulus Spending Impact Crime Rates?

A video clip from this year’s H.F. Guggenheim Symposium, hosted by the Center on Media, Crime, and Justice on February 2, 2009, featuring Dr. Delores Jones Brown, Director of the Center on Race, Crime, and Justice:

Can Stimulus Spending Impact Crime Rates?

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Attention, Students:

The Center on Race, Crime, and Justice is seeking student volunteers with a serious interest in issues of race, crime, and equity in justice. Undergraduate, Masters, or Doctoral level students of John Jay College are encouraged to submit a letter of interest to the Center Director, Dr. Delores Jones Brown, at djonesbr@jjay.cuny.edu.

Schedules are flexible, and students will have an opportunity to gain valuable research experience and connect with others in the field.