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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

President Emeritus
John Jay College of Criminal Justice                                                                                                     


JEREMY TRAVIS is the Senior Vice President of Criminal Justice at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation where he leads a team developing a portfolio of research demonstration projects supporting criminal justice reform. Between 2004 and 2017, Mr. Travis served as President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York (CUNY). Under his leadership, John Jay tripled faculty research funding, designed nationally recognized educational reforms and joined the top tier of colleges at CUNY. From 2000-2004, he was 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. In 1994 he was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate to serve as Director of the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, a position he held until 2000. 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. Mr. Travis is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Urban Institute and serves as Chair of the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies. He also served as Chair of the NRC Committee on the Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration which produced the 2014 landmark report, The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences, co-edited by Travis, Bruce Western and Steve Redburn, recommending significant reductions in the nation’s prison population. Mr. Travis 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 earned a J.D., 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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