JB Nicholas




Medaille College, Associate of Arts, 1994

New York University, Bachelor of Arts, 2006



Independent Investigative Reporter, Editorialist, 2015-2017

The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, Gothamist, Narratively

Focusing on incarceration, prison reform, post-incarceration transition, labor, the Close Rikers movement and First Amendment issues involving the police and press in America. Among other notable stories, he detailed, for the Daily Beast, the tragic deaths of two mentally-ill prisoners who were, in essence, killed by the New York State prison system. He also revealed that New York City was building a new $1 billion jail on Rikers Island – work on the new jail was halted after the appearance of his story in the Village Voice.


Photojournalist – 2006-2017

The Village Voice, New York Daily News, the Daily Mail, New York Post, The Villager

Produced internationally-syndicated photojournalism with an emphasis on breaking news, crime, criminal justice and lifestyle news. In addition to his intense coverage of crime in New York City, his notable work includes coverage of protests surrounding the 2008 Republican National Convention; every day of the Occupy Wall Street movement’s occupation of Zuccotti Park; the arrest of former International Monetary Fund President Dominique Strauss Kahn; the prosecution of Bernard Madoff; Hurricane Sandy; and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.


Paralegal – 2003-2005

Law Offices of Ron L. Kuby

Provided paralegal services to renowned criminal defense and civil rights attorney Ronald L. Kuby, including legal research and fact investigations of prisoners alleging they were wrongly-convicted, and vindicating clients' constitutional and civil rights.


Prisoners’ Rights Advocate – 2000-2003

Founder and President, Government Education Organization

Founder and President of America’s first prisoner-run, prisoners’ rights organization. Directed litigation strategies to bring fairness to parole hearings in New York State, and to prohibit warrant-less, suspicion-less dragnet DNA searches; lobbied state and federal legislators to bring fairness to parole hearings and improve conditions of confinement; directed fund-raising efforts; and initiated community dialogue aimed at changing the popular perception of all prisoners as inherently evil, including Op-Ed pieces.


Prisoner Paralegal Assistant – 1990-2003

Directly assisted pre-trial detainees and convicted state prisoners in a wide-range of legal matters including direct appeals from criminal convictions, pre-trial motion practice, post-conviction motion practice, federal habeas corpus proceedings, federal civil rights lawsuits, parole hearing preparation and appeals, inmate grievance proceedings and administrative appeals of all manner of adverse action, including prison disciplinary proceedings.



Founders Day Award, New York University, 2006

Medaille Medal, Medaille College, 1994



A landmark Federal court decision limiting the power of police to restrict the news-gathering activity of journalists, Nicholas v. Bratton, No. 15-Civ.-9592 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 26, 2017).