New York Department of Corrections
“Monroe has instilled in me the can-do-attitude, which gave me the confidence to do the things that I love.”
Jerome began his educational relationship with Monroe College dating back to the late 1990’s. He completed his undergraduate degree here as well as his MBA in Business Management in 2008.
Jerome L. Rice was a renowned public servant. He served over 22 years in the military before he retired with the rank of First Sergeant. Jerome also contributed immensely to the New York City Department of Corrections, retiring as a Captain after 21 years’ experience.
He was a 9/11 First Responder, as well as the former Director for 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care and the
co-founder of the Blacks in Law Enforcement Alliance. Currently, he is an active member of the NAACP and the American Legion Post #1871 where he serves as Vice Commander.
Jerome has gone from closing cell doors to opening our youths’ minds by creating and facilitating several survival workshops. He was recently selected by the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice to conduct workshops for The Association of Caribbean Heads of Corrections & Prison Services located in Trinidad & Tobago.
His commitment to uplifting communities is evident with his work throughout the five boroughs. He does this by educating both city and state elected officials as well as the surrounding communities on the following:
- What to do, when stopped by the police “You have the right to__________”
- Gang Awareness / Preparedness “Are you really down?”
- Senior Citizen Safety “Our Record Keepers of History”
- Disaster Awareness for Community Preparedness “NY’s Katrina”
- Undoing Racism “What is Institutionalized Racism?”
- STOP THE SAG Campaign with State Senator Eric Adams “Raise your pants, Raise your image”
In 2010 Jerome received the Community Service Award from Claflin University Alumni New York Chapter and in 2011 he received the NAACP Freedom Fund Award. Both awards were for his on-going effort to bring peace with in various communities. He is also a member of Monroe College Alumni Board. Jerome says that his message to parents is to, “Raise your children-- if you don’t, the streets will”.