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February 9, 2015 | Featured, News

At an upcoming conference at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, ISLG executive director Michael Jacobson will discuss how we can rethink punishment, from the states’ perspective.

The conference, Race, Justice, and Community: Can We All Get Along?, is the 10th annual Harry Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America and will be held at John Jay College on February 9 and 10.

Jacobson will be joined on his panel by Adam Gelb from the Pew Charitable Trusts; Nancy LaVigne from the Urban Institute; and Mark Earley, former Virginia Attorney General.

Prior to joining CUNY in 2013, Jacobson was president of the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonpartisan justice policy and research organization. He is the author of Downsizing Prisons: How to Reduce Crime and End Mass Incarceration (New York University Press 2005). Holding a PhD in sociology, he was a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of CUNY from 1998 to 2005. He was New York City Correction Commissioner from 1995 to 1998 and New York City Probation Commissioner from 1992 to 1996.

The John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium is the only national gathering that brings together journalists, legislators, policymakers, scholars and practitioners for candid on-the-record discussions on emerging issues of U.S. criminal justice.