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Jeremy Travis, JD, MPA Biography

President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should People Who Have Completed Felony Sentences Be Allowed to Vote?"

“Finally, we should recognize that the new phenomenon of imprisonment and reentry also has profound consequences for our democracy and our pursuit of racial justice…. In more than a dozen states, a convicted felon loses the right to vote — for life. Thirty-two states prohibit offenders on probation or parole from voting. As a result, nearly 4 million Americans, one in fifty adults, is barred from voting. Of these, 1.4 million are African American, accounting for 13 percent of the adult black male population. In states with lifetime bans, the consequences for democratic participation are deeply disturbing. One in four — one in four — African American men have lost the right to vote for life in Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Mississippi, New Mexico, Virginia and Wyoming.”

“Prisoner Reentry Seen Through a Community Lens,” Luncheon Address, Aug. 23, 2001

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2004-Present
  • Senior Fellow, Urban Institute, 2000-2004
  • Director, National Institute of Justice (the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice), 1994-2000
  • Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters, New York City Police Department, 1990-1994
  • Chief Counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, 1990
  • Special Advisor to New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch, 1986-1989
  • Assistant Director for Law Enforcement Services for the Mayor’s Office of Operations, 1986
  • Special Counsel to the Police Commissioner of the NYPD, 1984-1986
  • Law Clerk to then-U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1983-1984
  • Executive Director of the New York City Criminal Justice Agency, 1977-1979
  • JD, New York University School of Law
  • MPA, New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
  • BA, Yale College
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