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John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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Thursday March 5, 2020, 6:00pm Moot Court, New Building, 6th floor.

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Posted Monday, February 24, 2020 - 7:17pm

Shows cover of newsletter showing title page from rare book about cholera

The fall 2019 issue of the Library newsletter is now available.

Posted Monday, December 16, 2019 - 4:27pm

Marta Bladek published “From Women Staffed to Women Led: Gender and Leadership in Academic Libraries, 1974-2018” in The Journal of Library Administration (Vol. 59.5: 512-531) and “Latino Students and Academic Libraries: a Primer for Action” in The Journal of Academic Librarianship (Vol. 45.1: 50-57).

Maria Kiriakova published “Printed and Electronic Media, Journals and Professional Associations.”  In Natarajan, M. (Ed.). International and Transnational Crime and Justice, 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press, 505-510.

Jeffrey Kroessler had an op-ed in the New York Daily News in August: “New York City Saved My Life.”

Larry Sullivan, Chief Librarian, will chair the session “Pornography in the Age of Kinsey” and provide the commentary on three papers at the American Historical Association’s Annual Meeting in New York in January 2020.

The United Nations invited Sullivan to present a paper and chair the panel on the Mandela Rules for the treatment and rehabilitation of prisoners at its 75th Anniversary conference in Kyoto, Japan in April, 2020.  His panel is entitled, "Prison Libraries, Information Access, and Evolving Standards of Decency” (Mandela Rules, 3, 4.7, 16, 63, 64).  He will also write a chapter on Mandela rule 64 for the United Nations’ anniversary volume for the accompanying conference in Kyoto on “Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (14th Annual Convention).


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Posted Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 2:06pm

Photo of Patrick Raftery

Patrick Raftery joined the Lloyd Sealy Library faculty on November 1. He is an experienced cataloger of electronic, digital, and physical resources, and comes to John Jay after a five-year stint at the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where he worked in circulation, reference and technical services. Patrick earned an MSLIS/MA History Dual Degree at Queens College where his capstone project focused on New York State Prison Library Services and American prison reform. His CUNY roots go back even further, as he earned his Associates degree at Kingsborough before ultimately graduating with a BA from Columbia University.  We are very pleased to have Patrick join us as a full-time faculty member in the library.

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Posted Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 2:05pm

From late Spring through this Fall, the Indoor Voices podcast has featured episodes on horse-crazy girls, the Baltimore “Hon,” teaching psychology, zeitgleich, digital humanities, punk history and literary autism. If any of these key words pique your interest or if you just need a new podcast to add to your listening queue, visit indoorvoicespodcast.com to listen to past episodes and sign up for new episode alerts.  -Kathleen Collins

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Posted Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 2:03pm

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The library relies heavily on our dedicated team of college assistants (CAs) and work study students to keep the library open. They help hundreds of students, faculty and staff at our circulation desk and reserve room answering queries and completing circulation transactions. Some of our CAs have been working with us for years, while some have joined us this Fall. Our team includes computer science majors, future forensic scientists, undergraduate students and graduate students. Some are native New Yorkers and some are international students. Not all are pictured here, but we hope you will meet most of them on your next visit to the library.

Photo foreground, left to right: Jibran Hussain, Tichania Nathaniel, Tané Dixon, Gabriella Lopez, Ayana Ikenouchi
Background, left to right: Zann Blanchard (Head of Circulation) and Steven DeJesus


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Posted Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 2:02pm

By Ellen Sexton

A complete list of our DVDs is available at https://guides.lib.jjay.cuny.edu/video/DVD  All DVDs are shelved behind the Reserve Desk – please ask for them by DVD number.  

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016).  Dir. S. James.  The only bank charged with a crime after the 2008 financial crisis is a small family bank in NYC Chinatown.  Documentary.  DVD 1554. 

Birds of Passage = Pájaros de verano (2018). Dir.s  C. Gallego & C. Guerra.  Set in 1970s Colombia, an indigenous family becomes involved in the nascent drug trade.  Narco-thriller.  DVD 1568. 

Documenting Hate: Charlottesville & New American Nazis (2019).  Two part Emmy winning series from Pro Publica & PBS.  Documentary.  DVD 1559.

Embrace of the Serpent = El abrazo de la serpiente (2015).  Dir. C. Guerra.  Shot in black and white in the Colombian Amazon, it follows a shaman accompanying scientists in their search for a hallucinogenic plant in 1909 and 1940.  Drama.  DVD 1570.

Fail State: Subprime Goes to College (2017).  Dir. A. Shebanow.  For-profit colleges’ predatory practices and their effects on low-income students.  Documentary.   DVD 1552.

Newtown (2106).  Dir. K. Snyder.  Interviews with the community during three years following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.  Documentary.   DVD 1561.

Nowhere to Hide (2016). Dir. Z. Ahmed. A civilian medic living with his family in Diyala, Central Iraq filmed his surroundings during five years of war.  Received best documentary award at IDFA.  DVD #1562.    

The First Measured Century (2001). PBS documentary portraying 20th Century social scientists.  16 segments, three hours.  DVD 1564.

The Hunt / Jagten (2013).  A small community ostracizes and terrorizes a Danish pre-school teacher unjustly accused of abusing a child. Drama.  DVD 1570.



Explore our film and video collections via our guide: guides.lib.jjay.cuny.edu/video



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Posted Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 1:57pm

Still shots from FIlm Platform

By Ellen Sexton

The full catalogue of over 300 contemporary documentaries streaming from distributor Film Platform is now available through the Library.  Many of the films were selected for screening at the Berlinale, Sundance, Locano, SXSW, HotDocs and other festivals.  Each video has a permanent URL (look for the paper clip icon!) that may be shared with students via Blackboard, email, etc.  Off-campus access is available by way of JJ email user ID and password.  Subtitles or closed-captioning is already available for most titles, and may be requested for all.  Adding entire or partial films to course content may improve learning and enrich the course content; please consider assigning documentaries or clips as homework or show in class.

Titles of special relevance to our curriculum include: 

3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets (2015).  Dir. M. Silver.  “Stand your ground” is the defense tactic in a Florida trial of a white man for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager outside a gas station. 

Crime after crime (2011).  Dir. Y. Potash.  Pro bono lawyers for the California Habeas Project work to free an incarcerated domestic violence survivor convicted of murdering her abuser.  

Death by a thousand cuts (2016).  Dir. J.M. Botero.  A border patrol officer on the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic is murdered, as protected D.R. forests are illegally chopped down to feed charcoal furnaces.  “This murder becomes the metaphor for the larger story of increasing tension between Haiti and the Dominican Republic over illicit charcoal exploitation and mass deforestation. “

Devil’s bargain: A journey into the small arms trade  (2008).  Dir. S. Saywell.  Gun shows in the U.S. feed the illegal spread of arms around the world. “From dealers, to pilots, to end-users, to the victims, we discover a largely unregulated trade in what has become the globalization of death.”

(Dis)Honesty: The truth about lies (2015). Dir. Y. Melamede.   Behavioral economist Dan Ariely has measured dishonesty in 40,000 people.  This documentary mixes anecdotes from private and public figures with reenactments of Ariely’s experiments and lectures to explore acts of dishonesty and the effects on individuals and society.

Do not resist (2016). Dir. Craig Atkinson.  The militarization of U.S. police departments. 

Dolores (2017).  Dir. P. Bratt.  The life and work of unionist, feminist, environmental activist & social justice warrior, Dolores Huerta.  Co-founder with Cesar Chavez of farm workers’ unions, and originator of the United Farm Workers motto Sí se puede [Yes we can].  Won the audience award at San Francisco International Film Festival.  

Eating animals (2017).  Dir. C. Quinn. Based Jonathan Safran Foer’s book, this film presents alternatives to conventional industrial agriculture practices. 

Foster (2018). Dir. M. Harris.  Children, parents and social workers at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services talk about their experiences of foster care. 

How to survive a plague  (2012).  Dir. David France.  Documents the early days of Act Up! AIDS activism.  Critics called it one of the top films of 2012.  

Night will fall (2014).  Dir. A. Singer.   Archival footage and first person accounts of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. 

Roll Red Roll (2018). Dir. N. Schwartzman.  A true crime blogger and others call out a small Ohio town for rape culture & misogyny, during the police investigation and subsequent trial of two high school football players for sexually assaulting a 16 year old woman.   The New York Times wrote “an essential watch.” 

Running with Beto (2019).  Dir. D. Modigliani.   Inside Beto O’Rourke’s unsuccessful campaign for senate seat in Texas.  Award winner at SXSW and Sun Valley festivals.  

The act of killing (2012). Dir. J. Oppenheimer.  Fifty years ago, in Indonesia, a half million people were exterminated in a politically motivated genocide.  The perpetrators were never punished.  This is an exploration of the thoughts and actions of some of them, as they reenact their murderous activities in the style of their favorite film genres.  Weird and deeply unsettling.  Received numerous festival awards.

The cleaners (2018). Dir.s M. Riesewieck & H. Block.  Young people in the Philippines are hired by outsourcing Silicon Valley tech companies to watch, identify & label for removal objectionable content.  Implications for their mental health, and some unintended consequences of censorship are explored.  

The Great Invisible (2012). Dir. M. Brown.  The 2010 explosion of B.P. offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon killed 11 people, injured many, polluted Gulf waters and shoreline with devastating effects for the local economy, wildlife and environment. As told by company executives, rig workers and residents.  (Grand Jury Prize winning documentary at SXSW).

The hunting ground: The Inside Story of Sexual Assault on American College Campuses (2015).  Dir. K. Dick.  “A startling exposé of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families”. 

The Invisible War (2012).   Dir. K. Dick.  Rape in the U.S. Armed Forces.  “An estimated 30 percent of servicewomen and at least 1 percent of servicemen are sexually assaulted during their enlistment, not by the enemy, but at the hands of fellow soldiers.”  Emmy Best Documentary winner. 

Thieves by law (2010).  Dir. A. Gentelev.  Explores the evolution of Soviet career criminals into successful Russian “businessmen.”  The documentary follows three notorious, politically well-connected and brutal mobsters as they talk about their path to astonishing wealth.

Unwanted witness (2008).  Dir. J. Lozano.  A Colombian journalist (Hollman Morris, host of weekly show Contravía) faces death threats from drug traffickers. “Like a thriller.”  

Walls (2015).  Examines the people & structures guarding the borders of U.S-Mexico, South Africa-Zimbabwe and Spain- Morocco, and those passing through. 

Women of Hamas  (2010). Dir. Suha Araff.  The most powerful women in the Palestinian territories, by the director of The Syrian Bride. 

Please explore our film & video collections via our guide (guides.lib.jjay.cuny.edu/video)


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Posted Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 1:55pm

Roxane Gay, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body. London: Coursair, 2017.

Roxane Gay gives us a deeply personal account of her body and her relationship to it. Throughout the book, her experience of rape at age 12, as well as other experiences, are directly tied to her ongoing hunger for food as it relates to a need to live in a large body. Gay comes to an understanding of how enlarging her body is tied to feeling safe in a world fraught with bodily danger for black, queer women.  Hunger inspires us to unlearn prevailing attitudes toward those whose bodies might be called “fat.” It also makes us [re]consider how our identities and pasts may (or may not) inhabit our own lived bodies. Practically, it also has given me a critical eye to how larger bodies inhabit spaces, passageways and even chairs - are they accessible and safe for all bodies? Roxane Gay gives us some useful criticism on these issues too.

 –Ellen Belcher


Meghan Daum, The Problem with Everything: My Journey Through the New Culture Wars. New York: Gallery Books, 2019.

In her newest book, author and essayist Meghan Daum takes on the hot button issues of the day including the #metoo movement, identity politics and political correctness. As a liberal feminist who doesn’t follow a script, she is provocative and self-aware, recognizing her own inner conflicts and lack of sureness about the myriad cultural controversies. The lack of sureness is her central point. And as a champion of nuance – for which she and other writers and public intellectuals are often vilified - she believes more of us should be embracing complexity rather than taking a “virtue signaling” stand on social media that feeds a destructive tribalism. As serious as her subject matter is, she writes with humor, and especially in her final pages, poignancy.

 –Kathleen Collins



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Posted Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 1:51pm

By Karen Okamoto

Screenshot of the homepage for the Voting & Collections database


As we approach the 2020 presidential election, we thought it would be timely to highlight the Voting and Elections Collection from CQ Press. This collection brings together data, analyses, and reference articles on American voters, political parties as well as past and recent races for Congress, the presidency and governorships. The collection draws upon several sources including census data, the Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1996 and a range of CQ/Sage publications such as the series America Votes and CQ’s Politics in America. The election data coverage begins as early as 1789 (for presidential elections) and includes data as recent as the 2018 midterm elections. The collection can help researchers answer and explore questions such as: Which candidates and Congressional seats have changed parties? How successful has a particular party been in my county over time? and Which third party candidates, such as members of the Green Party, have been elected?


The collection can be searched through different access points. You can enter keywords into the basic search bar on the homepage. To add more precision to your search select the Advanced Search option which provides additional filters. Overall, the collection is divided into three main sections. The browse

topics section includes election data and encyclopedia articles on issues such as voter rights, campaign finance and profiles of political parties. A second search tab is devoted to election results and includes filters for office, election type, region and year. The third search tab allows researchers to compare data, find candidates, search party affiliation changes, view landslide and close races, and find third party candidates. The collection also provides numerous maps for visualizing election results from different time periods (see image of the 2016 Presidential Popular Vote map).


Map of the United States showing the 2016 Presidential popular vote

The Voting and Elections Collection from CQ Press provides maps of election results dating from 1824-2016.

You can access the Voting and Elections Collection from our list of Political Science databases at www.lib.jjay.cuny.edu/databases/political-science. CQ also provides a short video introducing the Collection and its search features at https://tinyurl.com/CQvotingElectionsCollection.


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Posted Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 1:48pm