Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, and Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, co-sponsored a two-day symposium in July 2010 entitled “Communities & Justice: Partnerships & Challenges for the 21st Century.” The event, held at John Jay College, marked the first time that a broad coalition of elected and law enforcement officials, community advocates, experts, and academics in New York City came together to address national trends in prosecution, crime prevention, and criminal justice strategies.
Nearly 400 people attended the conference, which was anchored by remarks from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, and Newark Police Director Garry F. McCarthy. The summit featured panels on topics such as New Perspectives on Prosecution, Hot Button Issues Affecting Communities and Law Enforcement, and Communities at Risk. These panels were followed by 11 breakout sessions, which allowed for focused, specialized discussion and brainstorming on topics including but not limited to Prisoner Re-entry, Conviction Integrity, Law Enforcement and Community Relations, Crime Prevention Strategies, Hate Crimes, and Youth and Gang Crimes.
Experts in the field of law enforcement and criminal justice served as panelists, including District Attorneys from Massachusetts, Oregon, Texas, Wisconsin, and various counties in New York State; retired Chief Judge Judith Kaye; former New York City Department of Correction and Department of Probation Commissioner Martin Horn; and George McDonald, Founder and President of The Doe Fund, Inc.