About the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice

About the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice

As the Mayor’s chief advisor on public safety strategy, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice shapes and funds strategies at every stage – from interactions with first responders on the street, to how cases are processed through the criminal justice system, to connecting individuals leaving Rikers Island jails with programs and services to help them build productive and healthy futures.

Our Approach

  • Solving stubborn public safety problems. New York City has had extraordinary success in driving down both crime and unnecessary incarceration. Despite these successes, there are still some stubborn problems in our criminal justice system that deserve solutions. Learn more about how we are driving down violence, safely reducing justice involvement, modernizing the criminal justice system, and building strong and safe neighborhoods.
  • Driving change through research. We have a research unit that rigorously tests how effectively the criminal justice system is fighting crime and reducing unnecessary incarceration. Learn more about our commitment to evidence-driven public safety solutions.
  • Promoting enhanced, effective coordination among law enforcement, prosecutors, the defense bar, and the courts. Promoting public safety is the job of law enforcement, but it is also the responsibility of every other agency that that interacts an individual before, during, and after involvement with the criminal justice system. We work closely with the court system, the District Attorneys, the NYPD, the Departments of Correction, Probation, and Health and Mental Hygiene, the defense bar and community leaders to shape effective criminal justice strategies.

Recent Highlights

  • Justice Reboot, a long-term commitment to reduce unnecessary incarceration safely and promote confidence in the fairness of the justice system, by cutting the time it takes cases to go through the system and by improving the summons process
  • The Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety, a comprehensive initiative to reduce crime and strengthen neighborhoods in the 15 New York City Housing Authority developments that account for 20% of all violent crime in the City’s public housing