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  • April Narrowing The Gap

    April 7, 2017

    In this issue, we explore the limited transit options for people with a physical disability. Read it here.

  • Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform Releases Report Calling for Closure of Rikers Island

    April 2, 2017

    Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform Releases Report Calling for Closure of Rikers Island CUNY ISLG Executive Director Michael Jacobson Led a Subcommittee Developing a Plan to Develop a Smaller, More Humane and Effective Jail System Today, the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform released its […]

  • District Attorney Vance Announces $15 Million in Funding to Enhance Reentry Services in New York City

    March 29, 2017

    Investment to Support Existing Service Providers and Spur New Programming Through “Reentry Innovation Challenge” District Attorney’s Office Also Funding Contract to Create Blueprint for New Manhattan Criminal Court Resource Center New Requests for Proposals Available at CJII.org   Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced two significant investments aimed at creating innovative programming […]

  • District Attorney Vance Invests $58 Million in Youth and Families to Prevent Crime

    February 27, 2017

    $45.9 Million Awarded to Create and Construct Five Neighborhood-Based “Youth Opportunity Hubs” Additional $12 Million Awarded to Expand Existing Family and Youth Development Programs  100 Organizations in Four Underserved Neighborhoods to Benefit From Investments Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the investment of $45.9 million to create and construct five “Youth Opportunity […]

  • February Issue Of Narrowing The Gap

    February 2, 2017

    Racial and Ethnic Minorities are the focus of February’s Narrowing The Gap. Click here to read it.

  • Five Promising New York City Political Leaders Selected for Inaugural Class of the Lindsay Fellowship Program

    January 12, 2017

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW YORK, NY—Today the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance announced the selection of the inaugural class of the Lindsay Fellowship Program. Named for former Mayor John Lindsay, the fellowship program engages promising, newly elected Council Members and State Legislators to broaden and deepen their understanding of the many different constituencies […]

  • January Issue of Narrowing The Gap

    January 10, 2017

    Immigrants are the focus of January’s Narrowing The Gap. Click here to read the full issue.

  • December Issue Of Narrowing The Gap

    December 21, 2016

    The December issue of Narrowing The Gap focuses on Single Parents. Click here to read it.

  • New CUNY Study Shows Mixed Progress on Equality in New York City

    November 18, 2016

    A new report released by the Equality Indicators, a project of the City University of New York Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG) with funding from The Rockefeller Foundation, found that inequality has changed very little over the past year, demonstrating the difficulty in combating enmeshed disparities in a city like New York.

  • What Is NYC’s Number One Inequality Issue? Sneak Peek at 2016 Results

    October 31, 2016

    Just 14 days till the Equality Indicators officially release NYC’s 2016 change score! Visit http://www.equalityindicators.org on Monday, November 14th to see if NYC’s 2015 score went up, down, or stayed the same. In the meantime, results from the 2016 Public Survey are in! We asked 3,003 New Yorkers what the number one inequality issue is […]

  • WATCH: DA Vance Speaks With Citizens Budget Commission on Criminal Justice Investment Initiative

    October 27, 2016

    Yesterday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance spoke with the Citizens Budget Commission about the investments his office is making under the Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII). He highlighted investments his office is making in public safety, crime prevention, and justice reform.

  • New CJII Funding Opportunities for Programs on Early Diversion, Foster Care Youth, and Social Enterprises

    September 30, 2016

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced several new requests for proposals (RFPs) under the Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII) aimed at increasing options to divert young adults and adults from the criminal justice system, supporting young people who are transitioning out of foster care, and improving employment opportunities for young people and formerly incarcerated people.

    CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance is the technical assistance consultant to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for CJII. ISLG manages the grantees funded under CJII, and provides oversight and performance measurement throughout the lifetime of the initiative.

  • NY Magazine Feature Story On Equality Indicators New Report

    September 27, 2016

    Women are under-represented at the state and federal levels of government, but how do they fare at the local level? New York Magazine dissects the Equality Indicators new special report, “Who Runs Our Cities?” which looks at women’s representation at the local level. Read the article here.

  • Who Runs Our Cities? New Report On Political Gender Gap

    September 26, 2016

    Women comprise half of the population, but are highly under-represented at all levels of government. While other studies look at women’s representation at the federal and state level, a new report from ISLG’s Equality Indicators examines their representation at the local level. Read the new report here.

  • New Issue of Narrowing The Gap: Individuals With Less Than A High School Degree

    September 8, 2016

    Click here to read it.

  • Change Makers: New Blog Series On Equality Indicators’ Website

    August 16, 2016

    A new series highlighting the work of organizations who work to reduce inequality in New York City and beyond. An organization is a Change Maker if they serve one or more of the 12 disadvantaged populations in the Equality Indicators, or others who face inequalities in their daily life. Their work positively impacts these populations’ […]

  • An Investment We Can Make Now that will Pay Dividends for Decades

    July 26, 2016

    Not long ago, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof posed the question of whether the country and its leaders are insufficiently attentive to the needs of those ‘too small to fail’—in this case, our nation’s children—an important counterpoint to the discussion of institutions considered ‘too big to fail’. Although debates on inequality are frequently defined by discussion of tax rates, access to education, and minimum fair and living wages, we overlook one of the most obvious and potent levers at our disposal: investment in childhood development and early intervention.

  • New Issue of Narrowing The Gap: Religious Minorities

    July 5, 2016

    Read our July issue of Narrowing The Gap focused on Religious Minorities here.

  • New Issue of Narrowing The Gap: Focus on LGBTQ Populations

    May 31, 2016

    Click here to read it.

  • Women’s Equality Work Far From Done: Equality Indicators Help Make The Case

    May 23, 2016

    Citylimits.org article marking the close of Women’s History Month cites ISLG Equality Indicator data on female representation in government as proof more work still needs to be done on gender equality. Click here to read the full article

  • New Issue of Narrowing The Gap: Focus On Seniors

    May 4, 2016

    Seniors are the focus of May’s issue of Narrowing The Gap. Click here to read the full issue.  

  • Equality Indicators’ Framework Published In Social Indicators Research

    April 8, 2016

    The Equality Indicators’ Research Director, Besiki Kutateladze, and Project Manager, Victoria Lawson, have co-authored a new article in Social Indicators Research. Read the full article, “A New Look at Inequality: Introducing and Testing a Cross-Sectional Equality Measurement Framework in New York City,” here.    

  • Michael Jacobson On Crime & Punishment in NY

    April 6, 2016

    Michael Jacobson discussed crime and punishment in New York City for CUNY TV’s Forum. He was joined by Reuven Blau, reporter for the New York Daily News; Ronald Day, associate vice president of the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy at The Fortune Society; and Jacqueline McMickens, Esq., former commissioner of the New York City […]

  • Michael Jacobson Overseeing Implementation of HOME-STAT

    April 6, 2016

    Mayor de Blasio’s HOME-STAT program (Homeless Outreach & Mobile Engagement S‎treet Action Team) will be overseen by CUNY ISLG’s Executive Director, Michael Jacobson. The program seeks to count and identify every homeless person through daily canvassing of the streets. The goal is to connect the homeless to outreach workers who can link them to shelters […]

  • New Issue of Narrowing The Gap: Individuals With Physical or Intellectual Disabilities

    April 6, 2016

    Individuals with Physical or Intellectual Disabilities are the focus of April’s Narrowing The Gap. Click here to read the full issue.

  • Michael Jacobson Talks Rikers on Inside City Hall

    March 5, 2016

    Click here to watch the interview.

  • New Issue of Narrowing The Gap: Focus on Women

    March 3, 2016

    Women are the focus of March’s issue of Narrowing The Gap. Click here to read it. Every month the Equality Indicator’s team focuses on 1 of 12 populations adversely affected by inequality and captured by the Equality Indicators. We expand on the original work we produced in The Equality Indicators report. All issues are posted […]

  • New Issue of Narrowing The Gap: Focus On Race & Ethnicity

    February 22, 2016

    Race & Ethnicity is the focus of February’s issue of Narrowing The Gap. Click here to read it. Every month the Equality Indicator’s team focuses on 1 of 12 populations adversely affected by inequality and captured by the Equality Indicators. We expand on the original work we produced in The Equality Indicators report. All issues […]

  • The Role of Cost-Benefit Analysis in a Juvenile Justice Pay for Success Contract

    January 19, 2016

    The use of cost-benefit analysis in juvenile and criminal justice is growing given that positive net financial and social benefits are potentially significant and instrumental for changing the price tag on public safety. Increasingly, every level of government is making targeted investments into safely reducing their jail and prison population.

  • CJII Request for Proposals for College-in-Prison Reentry Programs

    January 11, 2016

    CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance is seeking proposals from educational institutions to provide college-level classes in prisons operated by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

  • New Issue of Narrowing The Gap: Focus on Immigrants

    January 7, 2016

    Immigrants are the focus of January’s issue of Narrowing The Gap. Click here to read it. Every month the Equality Indicator’s team focuses on 1 of 12 populations adversely affected by inequality and captured by the Equality Indicators. We expand on the original work we produced in The Equality Indicators report. All issues are posted […]

  • Equality Indicators Photo Contest Winner!

    January 7, 2016

    We have a winner! David from Brooklyn takes first prize for his photo: Glass Half Full or Half Empty. View his photo here.          

  • Michael Jacobson In The New York Times Discussing ISLG’s Work With Manhattan District Attorney’s Office

    December 4, 2015

    CUNY ISLG’s Michael Jacobson discusses ways ISLG is helping Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance vet proposals for programs aimed at preventing people from being criminals and helping convicts enter the workforce. $250 million has been allocated to these programs. Some of the programs aim to address early traumas that studies show lead to crimes.  

  • Krugman Keynote from Equality Indicators Conference

    October 15, 2015

    Krugman Keynote from Equality Indicators Conference

  • A New Way of Looking At Inequality in NYC – from Michael Jacobson

    October 15, 2015

    I have called NYC home for over 60 years. Living and working as a government official and City University of New York (CUNY) Sociology Professor in it, I never fail to find something new, remarkable, or strange about it every day.

  • Conference on Equality in New York City

    September 25, 2015

    To celebrate the launch of our Equality Indicators project, we are holding a conference on equality in New York City.

  • ISLG Launches Equality Indicators

    September 1, 2015

    We have launched a comprehensive research endeavor looking at how those most likely to experience inequalities fare across 96 measures related to economy, education, health, housing, justice, and services over time. The project, Equality Indicators, examines the extent of inequalities faced by various disadvantaged groups including children, people with disabilities, the elderly, immigrants, individuals involved in the justice system, racial and ethnic minorities, religious minorities, non-traditional families, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals.

  • Role of Evidence in Plea Bargaining

    June 11, 2015

    What role does evidence play in plea bargaining? A new study by ISLG researchers shows that it varies by type of evidence and type of plea offer.

  • The Future of Mass Incarceration

    February 23, 2015

    ISLG Executive Director Michael Jacobson is leading a panel at the Eastern Sociological Society annual meeting on Friday about the future of mass incarceration.

  • Michael Jacobson on Rethinking Punishment at Crime in America Symposium

    February 9, 2015

    At an upcoming conference at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, ISLG executive director Michael Jacobson will discuss how we can rethink punishment, from the states’ perspective. The conference, Race, Justice, and Community: Can We All Get Along?, is the 10th annual Harry Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America and will be held at John […]

  • Equality Indicators Community Meetings Wrap-Up & Next Steps

    January 8, 2015

    Our final community meeting to help develop our equality indicators was a success. Many of the same people and organizations who were at our first meeting were also at this final meeting. We brainstormed with community members different groups that will find these indicators useful and how they could use them. Community members suggested that […]

  • Challenges in Developing Performance Indicators—and Ways to Make Them More Reliable

    December 16, 2014

    In an article titled “Performance Indicators: How to Lie with Indices,” the Economist was right in certain respects: international indices are becoming increasingly popular and many of them are methodologically flawed. But the article neglected to acknowledge how one can build more reliable performance measures—and such measures do exist.

  • Michael Jacobson on Role of Civil Society in Creating More Effective Criminal Justice System

    December 5, 2014

    Executive Director Michael Jacobson will be speaking at Princeton on Monday about the role of civil society in creating a more effective criminal justice system.

  • Seeking Community Input on Indicators of Equality in NYC

    November 11, 2014

    How can we best measure equality—and inequality—in New York City in a way that helps policymakers and practitioners identify specific changes that will lead to greater equality? Our new project at the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance is trying to answer that question. And we’re looking for input from NYC’s many communities to help shape our research from the beginning.