Criminal Justice Program at the John Hay Essay

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Criminal Justice Program at the John Hay College of Criminal Justice. This is one of the most famous criminal justice programs in the nation and its home is one of the most diverse and challenging metropolis in the country: New York City. The criminal justice program here is different from others in a variety of ways, most notably in its origins.

Unlike other criminal justice programs, this one developed not out of student demand, but out of need. "In the mid 1950s, civic leaders and the New York City Police Department became increasingly aware of the growing complexity of police work, not only in the internal administration and operation of the department, but also in the ongoing relations between police and the community. In response to these concerns, a Police Science Program was established in 1954 at the then Baruch School of Business and Public Administration of City College" ( Unlike other criminal justice programs, what made the program at John Jay distinctive was the heavy emphasis which was placed on creating a strong curriculum in the liberal arts as the foundation for a solid police education; this was also used as a tool to attract more and more students -- and effectively so. In the mid-1960s a particular committee was created by the Board of Higher Education to develop an independent degree just for police science. This was one of the first colleges of police science in the nation and it began in 1965 (


However, one of the overwhelming strengths of the program was that even in its most nascent time, it was not afraid to re-evaluate and make changes. With this new program, the college of police science, there was still a glaring awareness of that a gap existed between the name given to the college and the overall mission. "In recognition of its broad education objectives in the process of criminal justice, development of leadership and emphasis on professional achievement in public service, the college was renamed John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in honor of the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court" ( Changes like these have allowed the college to gain the interest of the most promising students who come from diverse backgrounds and who have the intellectual acuity, moral commitment and professional competence to take head on the obstacles of crime, the need for justice and the specifics of public safety in a liberated society. Another remarkable aspect of the program is that the program credits its own success with the ability and drive of their students; the program is adept at selecting the most driven students who have been able to cultivate strong careers for themselves within the arena of criminal justice work and an education and career in public service.

Proof of Effectiveness

One of the most overwhelming signs of the overall benefit of the program has been its ability to continue to attract the most top-notch students in the field: this is evident not only in the data collected but in the fact that the school has been forced to expand. "New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice has been faced with fortunate pressures: surging enrollment and the changing technologies of criminal justice and education. Yet, for years, students and staff continued to work out of several disjointed buildings in Midtown Manhattan. That changed in 2007, when the school broke ground on a new Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) -- designed structure that would not only increase the school's space, but also unify its campus, all while providing sorely needed space for student life, auditoriums, lecture halls, and the technological setup for a 21st century school" (Gendall, 2012). This demonstrates one of the more remarkable aspects of the school: its ability to marry old and new. The new building, with its gleaming presence and its marvelous architecture can provide things that the old building is unable to. The new building offers more shared spaces for students to commune and collaborate with one another. The new building also offers…

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