Mayors to Weigh-In at Up Coming Crime in America Symposium
Date:  02-07-2016

Other participants represent various federal, state, municipal and private agencies and organizations
New York, NY, February 8, 2016 – Mayor Ras Baraka, of Newark, NJ, and Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Indiana, chair of the U.S. Mayors Conference Committee on Community Policing, will address the 11thAnnual Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City on Thursday, February 25.

The Feb 25-26 symposium, “Making Room for Justice: Crime, Public Safety & the Choices Ahead for Americans,” will explore the prospects for criminal justice reform as the country heads into a presidential campaign cycle. Judge Jed S. Rakoff, of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, will be the keynote speaker on the conference second day, February 26.

Other speakers include: Christine Coulter, Philadelphia deputy police commissioner; Anya McMurray, deputy counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee; Vikrent Reddy, senior research fellow, Charles Koch Institute; Jody Owens, Southern Poverty Law Center; Scott Thomson, chief of police, Camden County. MD.; William Kelly, University of Texas-Austin; Laurie Robinson, co-chair, the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing; and Bill Sabol, director, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

“The coming year is shaping up as another crossroads moment for reform in our justice system,” said Stephen Handelman, director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice (CMCJ), which organizes the annual symposium. “This year’s symposium will add an important dimension to the debate on where we go from here.”

Attendance at the on-the-record symposium is $25. For a complete list of speakers, an agenda, and registration information, click here.