Delores Jones-Brown
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Dr. Delores Jones-Brown is a Professor in the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.  She is the founding director of the John Jay College Center on Race, Crime and Justice where she currently serves as faculty research fellow.  Her areas of research and scholarship include: race, crime and the administration of justice, police-community relations, juvenile justice, and the legal socialization of adolescent males.  Her book, Race, Crime and Punishment, won a New York Public Library award in 2001.  In addition to multiple articles, book chapters and legal commentaries, she is the co-editor of two additional books:  The System in Black and White:  Exploring the Connections between Race, Crime and Justice (Praeger, 2000) and Policing and Minority Communities: Bridging the Gap (Prentice Hall, 2004). 

Prof. Jones-Brown holds a joint Masters in Criminal Justice and Juris Doctor from Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice and Rutgers Law School-Newark. She completed her doctorate in Criminal Justice at Rutgers Graduate School-Newark in 1996.  Her undergraduate degree is from Howard University, Washington, DC in Sociology and the Administration of Justice.  Her post-doctoral studies which examined the relationship between African American males, schools and delinquency were completed in the Department of Health and Behavioral Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University and in the Behavioral Sciences Training Program at the National Development and Research Institutes.

In addition to her career as an academic, Dr.Jones-Brown has spent time as a criminal justice practitioner in multiple areas, including prosecution, community-based and institutional corrections and program development for court-involved youth. She continues to be involved with the development of law and justice-related education for middle schools and high schools.

Scholarly Work

Recent Publications

Jones-Brown, D. (2011) “If You See Something, Say Something,”
WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, 39:1 & 2

Jones-Brown, D. and J. Shane (2011). “An Exploratory Study of the Use of Confidential Informants in New Jersey,” Report of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, Newark, NJ (June).

Jones-Brown, D., J. Gill and J. Trone (2010). “Stop, Question and Frisk Policing Practices in New York City: A Primer,” Center on Race, Crime and Justice, John Jay College, City University of New York (March).

Jones-Brown, D. and E. King-Toler (2010). “The Significance of Race in Contemporary Urban Policing Policy,” in U.S. Criminal Justice Policy: A Contemporary Reader, K. Ismaili (ed), Jones and Bartlett.

Jones-Brown, D. and B. Maule(2010).  “Racially-biased Policing:  A Review of the Judicial and Legislative Literature,” in Race, Ethnicity and Policing: New and Essential Readings, S. Rice and M. White (eds), New York University Press.

Jones-Brown, D.     (2009). “The Right to Life? Policing, Race and Criminal Injustice,” Human Rights, American Bar Association.

Henriques, Z. and D. Jones-Brown (2009). “A Violation of Trust and Professional Ethics:  Sexual Abuse of Women Prisoners by Correctional Staff,” in F.P. Reddington and B.W. Kriesel (eds), Sexual Assault:  The Victims, the Perpetrators, and the Criminal Justice System, 2nd ed., Carolina Academic Press.

Jones-Brown, D. (2007) “Forever the Symbolic Assailant:  The More Things Change, the More They Remain the Same,” Reaction Essay to “Police Don’t Like Black People”: African-American Young Men’s Accumulated Police Experiences” by Rod K. Brunson, Criminology and Public Policy, 6(1):103-122.

Recent Grant Activity

Principal Investigator, grant from Open Society Foundations 
“Roundtable on Current Debates, Research Agendas and Strategies to Address Police-Initiated Stops in the UK and the USA” (4/2011-4/2012.

Principal Investigator, grant from CUNY Diversity Projects Development Fund’
“Race and Justice Lecture Series” 

Co-Principal Investigator, grant from ACLU of New Jersey
“An Exploratory Study of the use of Informants in Drug Prosecutions in New Jersey,” (7/2007-6/2009).

Co-Principal Investigator, grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation for planning a Center on Race, Crime and Justice at John Jay College (10/2004-7/2005).

Honors and Awards

Salute to Scholars, City University of New York,
(Winter 2010) 
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, 
New York Chapter, William Bracey Award (2008)
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Minorities and Women’s Section, Becky Tatum Excellence Award (2006)
Presidential Research Award, John Jay College(2002-2003)

Current Professional Affiliations

Chair, Affirmative Action Committee, 
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Charter Member, Division on People of Color and Crime American Society of Criminology

Editorial Board Member for:

Women and Criminal Justice 
Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice 
Criminal Justice Studies

Consultant to Educational Development Center
Developing Law and Justice Curricula for California High
Schools funded by the James Irvine Foundation

Select Recent Media Activity

“Stop and Frisk in New York City” with Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer, airing November 2, 2011 on Criminal Justice Matters, CUNY TV.

Op-ed, “Informant System not Color Blind” August 9, 2011, Asbury Park Press.

Podcast on Stop, Question and Frisk Practices in New York City. (2010).

Multiple interviews regarding the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., including NPR July 27, 2009.

Multiple interviews regarding the verdict in the Sean Bell case, including NPR April 28. 2008.

“High Black Arrest Rate Raises Call for Inquiry” by Susan Sward, San Francisco Chroncicle, December 17, 2006, A1.