Latham Serves as Pro Bono Counsel for Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform

The Commission, led by Of Counsel Judge Jonathan Lippman, released its report and vision for a criminal justice system in New York City.

April 2, 2017

 

The Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform, chaired by Jonathan Lippman, former chief judge of the State of New York and Of Counsel in our New York office, with substantial support from Latham, released its report and vision for a criminal justice system in New York City that embodies the civic values of liberty, equality, dignity, justice, and public safety.  

The Commission studied the City’s criminal justice system, and Rikers Island in particular, focusing on three broad areas: criminal justice reform, incarceration practices and possible future uses for the land on which Rikers sits. Its recommendations, which include the recommendation to close the Rikers Island facility, will have a major impact on the criminal justice system in New York City, and could have potential ramifications throughout the country.  

Latham has a long-standing tradition of offering pro bono services in the communities where we live and work, including providing free legal services in the areas of civil rights and access to justice. We’re so proud of each member of the team who contributed to this project.  They and the firm were honored for the opportunity to contribute to this important effort.   

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