Inside Criminal Justice

Inside Criminal Justice, a joint initiative of The Manhattan D.A. Academy, the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and the Center is a semester-long seminar comprised of individuals incarcerated at Queensboro Correctional Facility and prosecutors from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. 

The seminar is intended to encourage in-depth and respectful conversation about the criminal justice system, culminating in jointly-authored policy proposals.   The objective is to think together about a justice system that emphasizes public safety, while supporting healthy development from birth to old age and making engaged citizenship possible for everyone.

The seminar reviews and integrates current psychological research on the role of social factors in healthy and unhealthy personal, community, and societal outcomes, and considers how this knowledge can be translated into action to promote personal and societal health.