The Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform is comprised of two dozen experts, policymakers, and advocates from a variety of backgrounds, including law enforcement, academia, judges, 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, who called for its creation in February 2016 in her State of the City address. A wholly independent body, we are not taking any funding from government or political entities.


Staff of the Center for Court Innovation and Latham & Watkins, Vera Institute for Justice, CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance, ForestCity Ratner, and Global Strategy Group support the Commission through research analysis, strategic advice, legal counsel, and communications efforts.