Our 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 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

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.

 
 

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. 


Zachary Katznelson is Policy Director of the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform. He previously worked as an attorney at the Legal Aid Society’s Prisoners’ Rights Project, the Equal Justice Initiative, the British charity Reprieve, and the Prison Law Office. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Isabel and their three young sons.   


Misaël Syldor is Program Assistant at the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform. She was born and raised in New York City, and is a proud child of Haitian immigrants. She is a recent graduate of Oberlin College with a BA in Africana Studies and Politics.