Justice and Safety

A Mayoral Agenda for Justice and Safety in New York City

Martha W. King: Martha W. King is a doctoral student in sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, doing research on organizational behavior and change among civic groups; race, ethnicity, and discrimination; and consumerism. She is also a management and strategy consultant to non-profit, philanthropic and governmental organizations. Prior to her consulting work, Martha was the vice president of development for Single Stop USA and director of policy for the After-School Corporation, and has also worked for the Vera Institute of Justice, the New Jersey Office of Management and Budget, and the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES. Martha has dual master’s degrees in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

Michael P. Jacobson: Michael P. Jacobson is the current Director of the Vera Institute of Justice and the the author of Downsizing Prisons: How to Reduce Crime and End Mass Incarceration (New York University Press 2005). A Ph.D. in sociology, he has an ongoing academic career, and was a professor at both the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Michael P. Jacobson also has well as over twenty years of government service, he served as the New York City Correction Commissioner, the New York City's Probation Commissioner, he worked in the New York City Office of Management as the as the Deputy Budget Director, and was appointed to the New York State Permanent Sentencing Commission by Chief Judge of New York State, Jonathan Lippmann. In December 2012 it was announced that he would be leaving Vera to head a new public and fiscal policy institute at the City University of New York.