Ensuring Effective Implementation

Closing Rikers Island will require a transparent partnership with New Yorkers across the city and with government, including the City Council and the State.

To help keep the plan to create a smaller, safer and fairer correctional system on track and guide it through the hurdles that will arise, Mayor de Blasio has appointed a Justice Implementation Task Force chaired by Elizabeth Glazer, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and Zachary W. Carter, Corporation Counsel of the City of New York. The Task Force combines existing efforts across the city, both inside and outside government, into one centralized body that can shape strategy and ensure progress. Check back regularly for updates from working groups focused on safely reducing the size of jail population, modern and humane jail design, and improving the culture inside jails for both staff and incarcerated individuals.

Implementation Task Force Steering Committee

Ana M. Bermudez, New York City Department of Probation Commissioner

Cynthia Brann, Acting Commissioner of New York City Department of Correction

Stanley Brezenoff, Interim President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals

Richard A. Brown, District Attorney for Queens County

Darcel D. Clark, District Attorney for Bronx County

Carmen Fariña, New York City Schools Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education

Eric Gonzalez, Acting District Attorney for Kings County

David Hansell, Commissioner of the New York City Administration for Children’s Services

Seymour W. James, Jr., Attorney-in-Chief of the Legal Aid Society in New York City

Judge Lawrence K. Marks, Chief Administrative Judge of the State of New York

Michael E. McMahon, District Attorney for Richmond County

James O’Neill, Commissioner of New York City Police Department

Cyrus Vance, Jr., District Attorney for New York County


Working Group on Safely Reducing Size of the Jail Population Co-Chairs

Karen Friedman Agnifilo, Chief Assistant District Attorney of the New York County District Attorney’s Office

Elizabeth A. Gaynes, President and CEO of the Osborne Association

Hazel Jennings, Acting Bureau Chief of Facility Operations for the New York City Department of Correction

Karen Shaer, First Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

Honorable Joseph Zayas, Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters, Eleventh Judicial District of the State of New York


Working Group on Culture Change Co-Chairs

Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director of Alliance of Families for Justice

Julio Medina, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Exodus Transitional Community, Inc.

Jeff Thamkittikasem, Chief of Staff at New York City Department of Correction

Patricia Yang, Senior Vice President for Correctional Health Services for NYC Health + Hospitals


Working Group on Design Co-Chairs

Ana Barrio, Acting Commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction

Rosalie Genevro, Executive Director of The Architectural League of New York

Purnima Kapur, Executive Director of the New York City Department of City Planning

Feniosky Peña-Mora, Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering, and Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University

Stanley Richards, Board Member of the New York City Board of Corrections and Senior Vice President at The Fortune Society, Inc.

Brian Sullivan, Bureau Chief, Department of Correction


Research and Learning Advisory Group

Emily Wang M.D., M.A.S., Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Medicine and Co-Founder of the Transitions Clinic Network

Bruce Western, Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice, Harvard Kennedy School

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