Above, Martin Shkreli in FBI custody being taken to his arraignment after his arrest for securities fraud and related charges, for which he would be convicted after a jury trial.

Reporter

 JB Nicholas with his camera in an NYPD prisoner transport van behind the Tombs, New York City, 2014. Photo by Mary Altaffer.

JB Nicholas with his camera in an NYPD prisoner transport van behind the Tombs, New York City, 2014. Photo by Mary Altaffer.

I don't simply parrot press releases, I go out and find the truth, wherever it's been buried. In addition to my true crime reporting, I look for stories that have not been told, by people who have been denied a voice. Stories like those of Carol Crooks, who sparked an all-female prison rebellion in 1974; Vlad Teichberg, a Wall Street coder who became an Anarchist activist; Frank F. Parlato, an accused felon who exposed a sadistic sex-cult; Kelly Spinelli, a female detainee on Rikers Island who says she was repeatedly sexually abused by guards; and Anthony Kneisser, who was jailed because he was too poor to pay a $239 littering fine.

 

Photojournalism

I get what editors call "the shot" -- the photograph that tells the story in one frame. As a news photographer, what sets me apart from others is my proven ability to capture the kind of candid, revealing imagery that famous people and government officials try to prevent, including subjects as serious as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, and as silly as British Prince Harry using a Porta-Potty while taking a break from playing polo. Whatever or whomever the subject, in all kinds of adverse conditions, I've produced the highest-quality photojournalism in some of the biggest international news stories of the last decade.

 

Criminal Justice Consultant and Public Speaker

The pictures tell the story / This life has many shades.
"Rose Tattoo," Dropkick Murphys

I've had experience with the criminal justice system for more than 25 years, first as a criminal, second as a convict, prisoners' rights advocate and jailhouse lawyer, then covering it as a journalist in New York City. Few have the wealth of lived experience and insight I have into crime, cops, courts, jails, advocacy and criminal justice-focused news reporting. Allow me to share with your audience what my Odyssey has taught me about: violence, trauma, criminal behavior, responsibility, redemption, mass incarceration, juvenile justice, prisoner re-entry, policing in America, activism, journalism, the First Amendment and newsgathering, to name a few potential topics.

 

 

Creative Consultant

 Michael Douglas, on location shooting "Wall Street 2," at Sing Sing, a maximum-security New York State prison.

Michael Douglas, on location shooting "Wall Street 2," at Sing Sing, a maximum-security New York State prison.

My insight and advice into crime and the criminal justice system is also available to those pursuing creative endeavors in film, television and radio, and my extensive knowledge of New York City and its surrounding areas makes me an ideal location scout as well.