Advocating for a better criminal justice system

The Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform, chaired by former Chief Judge of the State of New York Jonathan Lippman, is an independent body of more than two dozen experts, policymakers, and advocates from a variety of backgrounds, including law enforcement, academia, the judiciary, advocacy groups, business, and those who have spent time behind bars.

In April 2017, the Commission issued A More Just New York City, a groundbreaking evidence-based set of recommendations for improving New York City’s criminal justice system, including closing the dysfunctional jail complex on Rikers Island, significantly reducing the number of people in jail, and shifting to a modern system of smaller facilities located near the borough criminal courts. 

Today, the Commission continues to advocate for a better criminal justice system and to provide policymakers with the tools and roadmaps to implement its recommendations.



Latest Report

Beyond Bail or Nothing: The Case for Expanding Supervised Release

“New York City’s current supervised release program has been a success and we believe its use in lieu of bail should be expanded significantly.” Read More

Latest Op-Ed

Creating a More Just New York City, by Stanley Richards

“…the Rikers jails, which are poorly designed and deteriorating, should be replaced with smaller, modern facilities in each borough that are more accessible to family members who seek to visit their loved ones.” Read More


Incarceration must not only be used sparingly, but also humanely, with a focus on preparing people to re-enter society.

Hon. Jonathan Lippman