The Tragic Disintegration of John Jay College of Criminal Justice; the ‘Death’ of a Once Revered NYC Address of Judicious Learning

A sky-high volume of mountainous evidence exists that Soros-funded, radical left, anti-American (a redundancy in terms … like night follows day) DA’s have overtaken most every prosecutorial office within “blue-state” America – slowly, creeping beyond its confines.

AS such, there is no sense (nor any time) in re-working the wheel, in a manner of speaking.

ADDING insult to (personal) injury, John Jay College  — the heretofore proud flagship for criminal justice education within the City University system in NY, unarguably, throughout U.S. academia — is the alma mater of this writer.

YES, it is the institution where the foundational moorings within were learned, that is, relative to understanding how a judicious criminal justice system must operate. Coupled with it, the ‘tools of the trade’ of a burgeoning, exciting, all-important field of forensic science was part of the course load. Into the educational mix, a healthy dose of political science was wedged within. For all intents and purposes, a rock-solid, heady education which held steady, despite the vagaries of passing ‘woke’ fads.

AND while this and that birdie apprised these ears (a few years before the so-called think tank became a nightmarish reality), it was advised to wait until more of the so-called goods could be spilled, effectively, a case could be built.

ALAS, this became a reality in mid-2020, as evidenced below.

INEXORABLY, the above is how a once revered institution in criminal justice has become not only a shadow of itself, but a highly dangerous one, at that.

BEYOND the pale. John Jay is DOA!! Rest in pieces ….

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NEW YORK POST | By  and  Feb. 5, 2022

Ground zero for woke district attorneys is a left-wing think tank in the heart of the Big Apple.

The soft-on-crime approach espoused by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and other progressive prosecutors in troubled Democratic cities has been nurtured and advanced by a policy center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, no less.

The public college in Hell’s Kitchen, where many future cops are educated, is home to the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution, which since 2016 — with the help of controversial figures such as Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx, Los Angeles DA George Gascón and San Francisco’s Chesa Boudin — has been instrumental in reshaping how prosecutors across the country view crime and punishment.

The Institute’s symposiums and issue papers hold forth on topics such as race, officer-involved deaths and bail reform — all in a concerted effort to change the role of the prosecutor to be more proactive and less punitive.

“No one should be defined by their bad conduct alone,” the Institute’s “Vision for the Modern Prosecutor” declaration says about the accused.

Its position papers endorse charging accused criminals with fewer serious crimes or keeping them out of jail entirely. And it recommends that offenders not be called as such, but rather something that respects their “humanity.”

Manhattan DA CY Vance
Cyrus Vance, the former Manhattan DA, launched the Institute in conjunction with John Jay
Erik Thomas/NY Post

The Institute’s paper on “Creating a Culture of Racial Equity” suggests that a hotline be created for district attorneys so “whistleblowers” can turn in “internal obstructionists” not on board with their boss’ woke policies.

Another treatise on “How Prosecutors Can Support a Reimagined Police Response” bizarrely suggests celebrating times “when prosecutors exonerate someone.”

A John Jay spokesman said “no one benefits from the conviction of an innocent person.”

The papers are posted on the center’s website, which also includes a “living land acknowledgement” that New York was the Lenape homeland and that “We honor all of the indigenous nations and their land with great gratitude and acknowledge the genocide and continuous displacement of indigenous peoples.”

The institute says in its 2020 primer on “Prosecutorial Culture Change” that the job of the head prosecutor “is not to ‘win’ cases, impose long sentences, or ‘beat’ the defense. Instead, it is to promote safety, accountability, healing, trust, and empowerment.”

“If you were elected head prosecutor, what is a change you would make on day 1?” the primer reads.

Alvin Leonard Bragg Jr
Bragg has been criticized early in his tenure for a soft-on-crime approach.
G.N.Miller/NYPost

It was Bragg’s “Day one” memo that created a firestorm when he instructed his prosecutors not to seek prison sentences for scores of criminals and to downgrade felony charges in cases including armed robberies and drug dealing.

Bragg issued a new memo Friday reversing two of his most controversial policies by saying that commercial robberies with a knife or a firearm, even if not loaded, should be felonies.

The Institute’s tenets are not unfamiliar to Bragg’s staff.

Meg Reiss, his second-in-command as chief assistant district attorney, was once the executive director of the think tank.

Kim Foxx
With Kim Foxx as a Chicago prosecutor, homicides in the city reached a 27-year high in 2021 with at least 800
AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File

One CUNY professor called the Institute elitist and said it operates with “a smug sense of righteousness and smartness.”

“All of this unravels when you take it into communities, when you deal with victims,” the professor said. “This kind of rigid ideology does not survive the battlefield of reality in the community.”

Thomas Kenniff, a defense lawyer and Bragg’s Republican opponent in last year’s Manhattan district attorney race, said fair treatment was a noble objective but “can’t be a code word for abandoning the traditional role of the prosecutor — which is to assign consequence to crime.”

“Winning a case is a good thing. It’s an adversarial system,” he said.

Cyrus Vance, Bragg’s predecessor, launched the Institute in conjunction with John Jay, which is part of the taxpayer-funded City University of New York.

Vice President Kamala Harris, who was then California Attorney General, was on its initial advisory board.

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon
Opponents of Gascón are waging a recall effort as crime in LA has soared.
ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

Harris said at the time the Institute would take a “smart on crime” approach to develop “innovative, data-driven prosecution strategies that will lead to a more transparent, fair and effective criminal justice system.”

Vance’s office provided $3 million over three years to pay for the Institute, the money coming from settlement funds paid by international banks that violated US sanctions.

That money ran out in March 2021 and it is funded by grants from Arnold Ventures, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, Schusterman Family Philanthropies and the Microsoft Justice Reform Initiative, according to John Jay.

Jeremy Travis, a former John Jay president, is an executive at the non-profit Arnold Ventures. He’s also on the Institute’s advisory board.

Several members of the advisory board have become lightning rods as crime has skyrocketed in their cities.

  • Opponents of Gascón are waging a recall effort as crime in LA has soared with smash-and-grab robberies and the murder of UCLA student Brianna Kupfer.
  • Foxx’s bail-reform efforts in Cook County, which includes Chicago, are held up as success stories in the Institute’s papers. But homicides in Chicago reached a 27-year high in 2021 with at least 800. Foxx also took heat after her office initially dropped charges that “Empire” actor Jussie Smollet faked a hate crime. A jury in December convicted Smollet of staging the attack.
  • Milwaukee DA John Chisholm admitted his office mistakenly cut loose the suspect in the November Waukesa Christmas parade carnage just five days before the massacre that left six dead. Some state lawmakers have called for his ouster.

San Francisco DA Boudin, who faces a recall election in June over his progressive policies, participated in a 2020 Institute panel discussion on the future of prosecution.

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin
San Francisco DA Boudin is being sued by an Asian American man over alleged mishandling of racial attack.
AP Photo/Eric Risberg

“Following prosecutorial policy advice from executives whose own policies have failed at public safety risks undermining justice and stability for our most vulnerable communities,” said Hannah Meyers, director of policing and public safety at the Manhattan Institute.

Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said there has been a shift by the criminal justice system to “the woke progressive left where there is a strong desire not to punish those who commit crime but rather to rehabilitate and so far it’s been a significant failure.”

“I have been very outspoken about my concerns on these so called progressives DAs . Most of the cities now with these violent crimes are the ones with these types of DAs.” Bratton said.

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