New York City has experienced a dramatic decrease in both crime and incarceration over more than the past 20 years. This means that, in many ways, New York City is the best example of de-incarceration in the nation. Such dramatic declines in the admissions to and the average daily population held at the New York City Department of Corrections (DOC) provides an opportunity to explore what a model system of pre-trial and short-term incarceration in a major urban area could look like.

To that end, ISLG is developing a framework for a smaller, more progressive and humane system of incarceration exploring opportunities for reform in multiple areas. This holistic examination includes analyzing DOC operations, organizational culture, governance structure, physical plant, finances, and, on a more general level, envisioning what an ideal jail system should look like in terms of size and operations. ISLG will produce reports and, where appropriate, make recommendations to city government and DOC.

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