Gerard “Jerry” Murphy Joins CSG Justice Center Staff

The Council of State Governments Justice Center is pleased to welcome Gerard “Jerry” Murphy to its staff as deputy director of the National Initiatives division. Jerry brings to his role vast expertise and diverse experience in criminal justice policy and research, organizational management, technical assistance, and education. Based in the New York City office, Jerry will provide guidance and strategic oversight for the four programs within the National Initiatives division: Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Reentry, and Courts.

Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Jerry held a number of positions at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a nonprofit, membership organization of law enforcement leaders. In his most recent role, as the director of Homeland Security and Development, he managed and developed a variety of grant-funded projects focusing on research and technical assistance for law enforcement agencies.

During his 12 years at PERF, Jerry also authored and co-authored numerous publications and guides for law enforcement officials, including The Early Release of Prisoners and its Impact on Police Agencies and Communities in California, Managing a Multijurisdictional Case, and a two-volume series on countering terrorism that focused on building local-federal partnerships and working with diverse communities. Addressing police encounters with people with mental illnesses and disabilities, his 1986 book Special Care: Improving the Police Response to the Mentally Disabled was a landmark publication in the field and a precursor to the CSG Justice Center’s work with law enforcement under the Consensus Project.

Jerry also served as the director of the Homeland Security and Technology Division of the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices, providing guidance to state governments on emergency response planning. Prior to that position, he spent 12 years with the Baltimore County Police Department, where he developed agency policies and procedures, conducted program evaluations, and directed the Baltimore County Police Foundation. Jerry received his bachelor’s degree from Providence College and a master’s degree in public policy and administration from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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