Jeremy Travis | President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Jeremy Travis was appointed President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York in 2004. From 2008 to 2009, President Travis served as Chair of the Task Force on Transforming Juvenile Justice, culminating in the Task Force report recommending significant changes to the state’s juvenile justice system.
Prior to his appointment as President, he 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, President Travis directed the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. He reinvigorated the agency and established major initiatives to assess crime trends, evaluate federal anti-crime efforts, advance forensic sciences, and bolster research on counter-terrorism strategies.
President Travis 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 NYPD Police Commissioner from 1984-86. He served as law clerk to then-U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg and was the Marden and Marshall Fellow in Criminal Law at New York University School of Law. 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, where he managed demonstration programs on bail reform, judicial decision making, and victim-witness assistance.
President Travis 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, co-editor of Prisoner Reentry and Crime in America, and co-editor of Prisoners Once Removed: The Impact of Incarceration and Reentry on Children, Families, and Communities. He has published numerous book chapters, articles and monographs on constitutional law, criminal law, and criminal justice policy. He is a member of The Committee on Law and Justice of the National Research Council and of the Board of Trustees of the Urban Institute.
President Travis has received numerous awards for his contributions to the field of criminal justice, including the American Society of Criminology’s August Vollmer Award, the Gerhard O.W. Muller Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the Margaret Mead Award from the International Community Corrections Association. He earned a J.D. degree from the New York University School of Law, an M.P.A. from the New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and a B.A. in American Studies from Yale College.