The Commission | More Just NYC


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The Commission | More Just NYC


The Commission

Mission

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.


Commission Members


Staff

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