The Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform seeks to help the City of New York move towards closing the jail complex on Rikers Island, improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, reduce the use of unnecessary incarceration, and encourage the development of state-of-the-art, borough-based jail facilities. The Commission is chaired by former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and comprised of two dozen civic leaders, experts, and advocates from a variety of backgrounds, including law enforcement, academia, the judiciary, social services, advocacy groups, business, and those who have spent time behind bars.
The Commission was convened at the request of New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and issued its evidence-based blueprint for improving New York City’s criminal justice system, A More Just New York City, in April 2017. Today, in partnership with other key organizations, the Commission continues to provide policymakers with the tools and roadmaps they need to implement its recommendations.
Former Chief Judge of the State of New York and Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, and Of Counsel at Latham & Watkins LLP
President of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City
Director of the Center for Court Innovation
President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF
Presiding Judge of the Brooklyn Mental Health Court and Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters, Brooklyn Supreme Court
Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Senior Counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of L&L MAG
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp
Executive Director of the CUNY Institute for State & Local Governance and Chairman of the Board of the New York City Criminal Justice Agency
Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society of New York
Executive Director of Sanctuary For Families
Former Chief Operating Officer of the Rockefeller Foundation
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Exodus Transitional Community, Inc.
President and Chief Executive Officer of The New York Women’s Foundation
Probation Commissioner, Westchester County Department of Probation and former Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Correction
Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University and former Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
Board Member of the New York City Board of Corrections and Senior Vice President at The Fortune Society, Inc.
Administrative Judge of the New York Family Court
Partner at Proskauer Rose LLP
Board Chair of the Center for New York City Neighborhoods
Professor and Director of Internship Development, Hunter College School of Education and Department of Educational Foundations and Counseling
Executive Vice President of Criminal Justice at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Former President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and former Director of the National Institute of Justice
President and Director of the Vera Institute for Justice
President of the Ford Foundation
Distinguished Fellow of the Furman Center at NYU Law School and the former Director of U.S. Programs of the Open Society Foundations
Tyler Nims is Executive Director of the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform. Before joining the Commission, he was a litigator at Latham & Watkins LLP, served as a law clerk to US District Judge Raymond J. Dearie in the Eastern District of New York and Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo of the South African Constitutional Court, and practiced civil rights litigation at the MacArthur Justice Center in Chicago.
Susannah Waldman is Program Associate for the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform. Susannah graduated from Brown University in 2017 where she majored in Political Science and focused heavily on the criminal justice system. Susannah spent her summers interning at the Red Hook Community Justice Center and the Legal Aid Society, and has taught in prisons and jails through the Petey Greene Program.
The Commission works closely with partners including the Latham & Watkins LLP, the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance, the Center for Court Innovation, the Global Strategy Group and the Vera Institute of Justice.