Jerome D. Levine

JEROME D. LEVINE, assistant professor of criminal justice, earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from Brandeis University in 1995. Jerome Levine

Before becoming a sociologist and criminologist, Levine worked for many years as a special education teacher with adolescents and adults in the Boston area. He was active in the "free school movement" in the early 1970s, where he worked extensively with "at risk" high school youth. More recently, he has brought his training as a sociologist to the area of criminal justice. Jerry teaches courses in Police Work, Criminology, and Corrections, as well as Introduction to Criminal Justice and the Senior Criminal Justice Seminar. In addition, Levine brings a longstanding concern with social justice and nonviolent social change to the teaching of criminal justice. He is particularly interested in working with others to humanize criminal justice institutions and to help students understand the social, moral, ethical and political dimensions of criminal justice.

Jerry is especially interested in corrections. He regularly takes his students on field trips to various jails and prisons in the area. He's excited about a new program he's developing which will involve criminal justice students participating in ongoing dialogue with groups of inmates where they'll discuss issues of crime, criminal justice, prison organization, prison life, and related issues. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with prison officials and correctional officers. In addition, Jerry is helping the criminal justice department develop an exciting program of field placements and internships for students with nearby correctional facilities.

Levine is an enthusiastic and friendly teacher who takes a genuine interest in the well-being of his students. He's a faculty advisor to a number of clubs, including the Criminal Justice Club and Hillel, the Jewish Students Organization. Away from campus, Levine is learning Buddhist meditation and plays the piano.

Contact Information
E-mail: levinej@franklinpierce.edu

 

advocacy groups

Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Provides information on sentencing, prisons, and legal news and works to reform mandatory sentencing laws. (See article on page 24.)
1612 K St. NW, #1400
Washington, DC 20006
tel: 202/822-6700
web: www.famm.org 
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National Center on Institutions and Alternatives
Launched the Prison Reform Unity Project, the Pro Bono Support Project, and other efforts aimed at criminal justice reform. Provides training, technical assistance, research and direct services to criminal justice, social services, and mental health organizations and clients. (See article by founder Jerome Miller on page 12.) 
3125 Mt. Vernon Ave. Alexandria, VA 22305 
tel: 703/684-0373 
web: www.igc.apc.org/ncia 
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The Sentencing Project
A national leader in the development of alternative sentencing programs and in criminal justice policy 
reform. The Project’s reports on inequities in 
the criminal justice 
system have received widespread 
media coverage, led to legislative 
hearings, and fostered programs that address racial and economic 
disparity in sentencing. 
514 10th St. NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20004 
tel: 202/628-0871 
e-mail: staff@sentencingproject.org  
web: www.sentencingproject.org 
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Prison Activist Resource Center
Builds action networks among educators, activists, prisoners, and prisoners’ families; exposes human rights violations; and challenges the expansion of the prison-industrial complex. Also provides information about the death penalty, women in prison, political prisoners, youth, and the war on drugs. 
PO Box 339, Berkeley, CA 94701
tel: 510/893-4648
e-mail: parc@prisonactivist.org 
web: www.prisonactivist.org 
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Human Rights Watch
Investigates human rights abuses in more than 70 countries. HRW campaigns for prisoners’ rights and pressures governments to bring treatment of prisoners into compliance with international human rights standards.
350 5th Ave., 34th floor
New York, NY 10118-3299
tel: 212/290-4700
e-mail: hrwnyc@hrw.org 
web: www.hrw.org 
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Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants 
Advocates for fair and humane treatment of prisoners, reduced reliance on incarceration, and a focus on 
alternatives. Projects have included a voter registration drive in the 
Baltimore Jail and a nationwide campaign to demand equitable telephone charges for inmates.
PO Box 2310, Washington, DC 20013, tel: 202/789-2126
web: www.curenational.org 
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The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation
Assists activists with outreach, research, media relations, legislation, and coalition building. The foundation’s president, Eric E. Sterling, writes and lectures on criminal justice issues. 
1225 Eye St. NW, Suite 500 
Washington, DC 20005 
tel: 202/312-2015
e-mail: info@cjpf.org  
web: www.cjpf.org 
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Southern Center for Human Rights
Challenges discrimination against people of color, the poor, and the 
disadvantaged in southern prisons by raising public awareness, working with community groups to develop nonviolent solutions to crime, and providing direct legal representation of prisoners.
83 Poplar St., NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, tel: 404/688-1202
e-mail: rights@schr.org  
web: www.schr.org 
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California Prison Focus
Identifies, monitors, and works to eradicate human rights abuses in California prisons. Advocates for inmates and their families, trains prisoners for self-advocacy, and works for the abolition of all US prisons.
2940 16th St. #307 
San Francisco, CA 94103
tel: 415/252-9211 
e-mail: info@prisons.org
web: www.prisons.org 
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Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
CJCJ’s core program, the Alternative Sentencing Program, makes sentencing recommendations to courts, parole boards, and agencies that encourage treatment, community service, and restitution and discourage incarceration.
1622 Folsom St., San Francisco 
CA 94103, tel: 415/621-5661
web: www.cjcj.org 
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Open Society Institute
Part of the Soros Foundations Network, the Open Society Institute’s US programs include The Center on Crime, Communities, and Culture and The Lindesmith Center. Both seek to broaden the debate over drug policy, increase availability of drug treatment, foster effective and humane approaches to public safety, and reduce over-reliance on incarceration as a response to crime through research, seminars, and conferences. 
400 West 59th St., New York, 
NY 10019, tel: 212/548-0600 
web: www.soros.org
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The November Coalition 
A group of citizens, including drug war prisoners and their loved ones, who oppose America’s war on drugs through public education campaigns. 
795 South Cedar, Colville, 
WA 99114, tel: 509/684-1550 
e-mail: moreinfo@november.org 
web: www.november.org 
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Common Sense for Drug Policy
Uses media to facilitate coalition building and public education. Provides pro bono legal assistance to those affected by the drug war. Works to make marijuana medically available and to increase funding for needle-exchange programs. 
3220 N St., NW, #141
Washington, DC 20007 
tel: 703/354-5694 
e-mail: infor@csdp.org  
web: www.csdp.org 
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The Drug Reform Coordination Network
Works for drug policy reform, 
including harm reduction, reform of sentencing and forfeiture laws, and promotion of an open debate on drug prohibition. 
2000 P St. NW # 210
Washington, DC 20036
tel: 202/293-8340 
e-mail: drcnet@drcnet.org  
web: www.drcnet.org 
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Media Awareness Project
An international network working for drug policy reform through 
media awareness. 
PO Box 651, Porterville, CA 93258, tel: 800/266-5759
e-mail: mgreer@mapinc.org 
web: www.mapinc.org
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NORML
Advocates legalizing marijuana.
1001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 710, Washington, DC, 20036 
tel: 202/483-5500 
e-mail: norml@norml.org  
web: www.norml.org 
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East Mennonite University — Conflict Transformation Program
Supports the development of peacebuilders through a master’s 
degree program, a summer Peacebuilding Institute, and daily practice. Courses in restorative 
justice are taught by practitioners such as Howard Zehr (see page 17). 
1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802-2462, tel: 540/432-4490, e-mail: CTProgram@emu.edu 
web: www.emu.edu/ctp/ctp.htm 
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Alternatives to Violence Project 
A worldwide association offering workshops in conflict resolution, responses to violence, and personal growth. The program includes workshops for community groups, businesses, social service agencies, youth organizations, prisoners, and others.
821 Euclid Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210, tel: 713/747-9999 
e-mail: avp@avpusa.org  
web: www.avpusa.org 
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The American Friends Service Committee
A Quaker organization that advocates prisoner rights, promotes alternatives to incarceration, offers training in nonviolence and restorative justice, provides support groups for friends and families of inmates, and campaigns for abolition of the death penalty. Regional projects include a victim-offender reconciliation program and civilian review of law enforcement, including “Know Your Rights” trainings in schools. 
1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102, tel: 215/241-7000
e-mail: afscinfo@afsc.org 
web: www.afsc.org 
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The Garden Project
Empowers inmates to transform themselves and their communities through organic gardening, tree planting, and transitional employment. (See article on page 26.)
Pier 28, San Francisco, CA 94105, tel: 415/ 243-8558
e-mail: info@gardenproject.org 
web: www.gardenproject.org 
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Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation
An organization of murder victims’ families opposing the death 
penalty. MVFR conducts public education, policy reform, and victim support. (See article on page 32.)
2161 Mass. Ave. 
Cambridge, MA 02140 
tel: 617/868-0007
web: www.mvfr.org 
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Campaign to End the Death Penalty 
A grassroots campaign organized in local chapters across the US to oppose the death penalty. 
PO Box 25730, Chicago, IL 60625, tel: 773/955-4841
web: www.nodeathpenalty.org 
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International Conference on Penal Abolition
Challenges current approaches to criminal justice and works to transform the root causes of crime, bring power to communities, and heal 
victims and offenders. Conferences are held every two years.
157 Carlton St., Suite 202 Toronto, ON, M5A 2K3, Canada 
tel: 416/972-9992
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books and publications
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From the Wilderness
A monthly newsletter published/ edited by former Los Angeles narcotics investigator turned whistle blower, Mike Ruppert.
PO Box 6061-350 
Sherman Oaks, CA 91413 
tel: 818/788-8791 
e-mail: mruppert@copvcia.com  
web: www.copvcia.com 
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The Atlantic Monthly, June ‘99
“When They Get Out,” by Sasha Abramsky. 
The article considers the effects of socializing people in the brutal conditions in prisons and then releasing them into society. This piece follows “The Prison Industrial Complex,” by Eric Schlosser, December 1998. See also: “A Model Prison,” by Robert Worth, November 1995.
web: www.theatlantic.com/issues/99jun/9906prisoners.htm 
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Criminology as Peacemaking
edited by Harold E. Pepinsky and Richard Quinney. Indiana University Press, 1991.
A collection of essays from feminism, peace studies, and criminology proposing peacemaking as an effective alternative to conducting war on crime and offenders
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Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis, 
by Christian Parenti. NY: 
Verso, 1999
The political history of the war on crime, the human rights abuses endemic in US prisons, and the profit motive behind America’s exploding prison-industrial complex.
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Race to Incarcerate 
by Marc Mauer of The Sentencing Project. NY: The New Press, 1999.
The explosion in the prison population despite its failure to impact crime, and the resulting devastation of African-American communities.
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Stories of Transformative Justice
by Ruth Morris. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press, Inc., 2000.
An inspiring collection of stories from around the world on restorative justice, forgiveness, prison reform, and transformative justice at work. 
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The Case for Penal Abolition
edited by W. Gordon West and Ruth Morris. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc., 2000
Essays by an international group of scholars and activists favoring the abolition of prison and the overhauling our criminal justice system; deals with street crime, corporate crime, and hopeful solutions.
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The Last Graduation
edited by Cathy Scott and Barbara Zahm. Deep Dish Television, 339 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10012 
The successes of prison education prior to political pressures that cut funding and ended the programs.