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Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative


Above: Cohort 3 Community and Graduate Fellows with Pinkerton and John Jay staff members. 

The Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative is a collaboration between the Pinkerton Foundation and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice to contribute to the development of the youth justice community in New York City. Under the auspices of the Prisoner Reentry Institute and in partnership with the Research and Evaluation Center, the program supports the operational and research capacity of participating nonprofit community-based organizations while contributing to the development of talented students who are equipped to assume positions of responsibility in the youth justice field. 

The Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative has two tracks:

  • Pinkerton Community Fellows are undergraduate students who fulfill direct service roles for 15-month placements with some of New York City’s most distinguished youth serving agencies.
  • Pinkerton Graduate Research Fellows are advanced graduate students who collaboratively to strengthen the evidence orientation and analytic capacity of participating agencies.

PFI Staff

Melissa Pognon                            

Project Coordinator for the Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative  

Ann Jacobs

Director of PRI and the principal investigator for the PFI

Jeffrey Butts

Director of the Research & Evaluation Center and PFI co-principal investigator

Michael Maxfield

Professor and R&EC Faculty Research Coordinator

Sung-suk Violet Yu

Graduate Research Fellowship partner

Ma’at Lewis

Associate Professor and Practicum & Youth Justice co-instructor

Kevin Barnes-Ceeney

PRI Director of Research and Practicum & Youth Justice co-instructor


PFI Fellows

To view the Pinkerton Community Fellows’ bios, click here.

To view the Pinkerton Graduate Research Fellows’ bios, click here.