The Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform, formed at the request of New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, is an independent body of experts, policymakers, and advocates charged with exploring the ways to reduce the population held at Rikers, the feasibility of moving the jail facilities off Rikers Island, and the feasibility of alternate uses of Rikers Island itself.

ISLG Executive Director Michael Jacobson sits on the Commission and is leading one of three subcommittees, making recommendations on the location, size, and funding for a new system. ISLG is also playing a staff role providing analysis and consulting with key stakeholders, including communities impacted by incarceration, to assist the Commission in developing recommendations.

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