Prof. Jennifer Wynn
Jennifer R. Wynn is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Fiorella H. LaGuardia Community College of The City University of New York, where she serves as Coordinator of the Collegeís Criminal Justice Program.
Trained as a criminologist at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Dr. Wynn specializes in penology and forensic psychology and has fifteen yearsí experience as a practitioner, researcher, policy analyst and advocate in the field of criminal justice. She has spent a significant portion of her career on Rikers Island, where she helped build and direct a nationally acclaimed prison reentry program.
From 1998 to 2004, Dr. Wynn directed the prison monitoring unit at the Correctional Association of New York, where she led over 75 monitoring inspections of New York State prisons and served as principal investigator on statewide research projects. Studies she conducted on conditions in punitive segregation led to a $13 million allocation from the Governor to enhance mental health treatment for inmates in lockdown facilities.
Dr. Wynn is author of INSIDE RIKERS: Stories from the World's Largest Penal Colony (2001, St. Martinís Press), reviewed in The New York Times, and coauthor of Fifteen-to-Life: How I Painted My Way to Freedom (2004, Feral House) with celebrated prison artist Anthony Papa. In addition, she has published journal articles, book reviews and op-eds in the Pace Law Review, The Washington Post, Newsday and other publications.
Dr. Wynn also teaches in the graduate program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she has taught Advanced Penology, Issues in Criminal Justice, and Correctional Law and Institutional Treatment.
Dr. Wynn has served on the New York City Bar Associationís Corrections Committee, appointed for corrections expertise, and has presented at over 20 refereed and non-refereed conferences on such topics as correctional mental health care, supermax prisons, and re-entry. She has provided legislative testimony at public hearings on prison reform and has appeared on television and radio programs, including 20/20, National Public Radio and New York One.