Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Jessica Colon is currently Deputy Project Director at the Red Hook Community Center’s Center for Court Innovation, where she manages community programs, initiatives, and court operations. One of these projects is the New York Juvenile Justice Corps, an AmeriCorps service project that seeks to improve educational and social outcomes for youth involved or at risk of becoming involved in the justice system. Prior to that, she was the Deputy Director of Policy in the Office of the Bronx Borough President, Policy and Planning Analyst in the New York City Mayor’s Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator, and National Programs Department Coordinator at the Vera Institute of Justice. Colon previously served on the Political Science faculty at CUNY Brooklyn College. She earned her BS in International Relations and Diplomacy from Seton Hall University and her Master of Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning from Princeton University.
Community Issues in Criminal Justice
From the police, to the court system, to incarceration, to community supervision, criminal justice system practitioners and policymakers increasingly acknowledge that the community is both acutely impacted by justice system policy and practice, as well as is the critical partner in the generation of public safety and citizen quality of life. This course examines a wide range of criminal justice issues and their impact on the community; also critically examines the community’s role in demonstrating effective solutions, with a particular focus on the New York City criminal justice system and NYC neighborhoods.