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James B. Jacobs

James B. Jacobs is the Warren E. burger Professor of law and Director, Center for Research in Crime and Justice. He holds a J.D. (‘73) and Ph.D.in Sociology (‘75) from the University of Chicago. His doctoral dissertation, Stateville: The Penitentiary in Mass Society (1977), a classic in penology, is still assigned in classrooms around the country. In 1982, after seven years as a faculty member at Cornell Law School, Professor Jacobs was recruited to New York University School of Law, where he was appointed Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Research in Crime and Justice. He regularly teaches one of the first year sections of criminal law and upper year electives in criminal procedure, federal criminal law and juvenile justice. He also teaches specialized seminars on such subjects as privatization of criminal justice, the jurisprudence of criminal records, labor racketeering, gun control, sentencing, corruption control, prisoners’ rights, victims and criminal procedure, and the war on drugs.

Since coming to NYU School of Law, Jacobs has convened the monthly Hoffinger Criminal Justice Colloquium, which brings together academics from diverse disciplines, criminal justice policy makers, researchers, prosecutors, defense lawyers, and journalists with the Law School’s criminal law faculty for public lectures and discussions key criminal justice issues. NYU Law students are always welcome.

Jacobs has published fourteen books and more than 100 articles on such topics as prisons and imprisonment, drunk driving, corruption and its control, hate crime, gun contyrol, and labor racketeering. Professor Jacobs frequently involves law students in his research projects. For example, he co-authored Busting the Mob: U.S. v. Cosa Nostra (1994) with law students, Christopher Panarella and Jay Worthington III; he co-authored Gotham Unbound: How NYC Was Liberated From the Grip of Organized Crime (1998)with law students Robert Raddick and Coleen Friel. His most recent book is Mobsters, Unions and Feds: Organized Crime and the American Labor Movement (2006. Forthcoming is a volume on United States v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a civil RICO case whose remedial phase is on-going since 1989.