Jeremy Travis

Executive Vice President of Criminal Justice at Arnold Ventures

Areas of Expertise

  • Prisoner education
  • Correctional health
  • Community policing
  • Criminal justice reform
  • Impact of incarceration on families

Key Findings

  • Enforcement activity increased from 2003-2011 and decreased from 2011 – 2014. Men, young people and ethnic minorities experienced the greatest amount of fluctuation in enforcement rates. MORE
  • From 2003-2013, New York City experienced an overall decline in the rate of issuance of summonses. Approximately two in five summonses were dismissed (2003-2013). 36% summonses recipients failed to appear in court. MORE
  • The report presents trends in the types of misdemeanors for which New Yorkers have been arrested; analyzes these data by the age, gender, and race/ethnicity of those receiving this enforcement attention. MORE
  • Critically important that the federal government invest in the development and testing of new ideas and rigorous evaluations to determine which interventions are effective at promoting public safety. MORE
  • From 1980 to 2013, there was a steady decline in felony arrests but a 190 percent increase in the misdemeanor arrest rate in New York City. MORE


Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is an expert in criminal justice, public policy and history.

Travis serves as Chair of the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Research Council of the National Academies. He was as a Senior Fellow with the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute and Director of the National Institute of Justice. He served as the Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters for the NYPD, Chief Counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and Chair of the NRC Committee on the Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration. He served as the special advisor to New York City Mayor, Edward I. Koch, and assistant director for Law Enforcement Services for the Mayor’s Office of Operations. He was special counsel to the Police Commissioner of the NYPD and is a member of the National Research Council.

He authored, “But They All Come Back: Facing the Challenges of Prisoner Reentry,” and co-edited “Prisoner Reentry and Crime in America Prisoners Once Removed: The Impact of Incarceration and Reentry on Children, Families, and Communities.”

Travis received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law, M.P.A. from New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and B.A. from Yale College.

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