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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on Law and Justice
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education


 Member Jeremy Travis 


Jeremy Travis, CLAJ Chair

John Jay College of Criminal Justice                                                                                                     



JEREMY TRAVIS, is president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Prior to his appointment in 2004, President Travis served four years as a senior fellow affiliated with the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC, where he launched a national research program focused on prisoner reentry into society. From 1994-2000, he directed the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. He was deputy commissioner for Legal Matters for the New York City Police Department (NYPD) from 1990-1994; chief counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Criminal Justice in 1990; Special Advisor to New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch from 1986-89; and Special Counsel to the Police Commissioner of the NYPD from 1984-86. Before joining city government, he served as law clerk to then-U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, currently a member of the U.S. Supreme Court. He was executive director of the New York City Criminal Justice Agency from 1977-79 and served six years at the Vera Institute of Justice. He has taught courses on criminal justice, public policy, history and law at Yale College, New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York Law School, George Washington University, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is the author of But They All Come Back: Facing the Challenges of Prisoner Reentry (Urban Institute Press, 2005), co-editor (with Christy Visher) of Prisoner Reentry and Crime in America (Cambridge University Press, 2005), and co-editor (with Michelle Waul) of Prisoners Once Removed: The Impact of Incarceration and Reentry on Children, Families, and Communities (Urban Institute Press, 2003). He is chair of the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Research Council and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Urban Institute. He earned a JD, cum laude, from the New York University School of Law; a M.P.A. from the New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; and a B.A., cum laude, in American Studies from Yale College.  Read More


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