About Us

Making our neighborhoods and our city even safer and fairer.

Our
Commitment

The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) advises the Mayor on all matters relating to the maintenance and improvement of a fair and equitable justice system. Recognizing that public safety cannot be achieved by law enforcement alone, MOCJ brings together community and institutional stakeholders to address the systemic issues that undermine the safety and stability of our neighborhoods. We work to move our city forward by providing better resources and expanding access to support and services needed to maintain healthy communities and improve public safety for all New Yorkers.

Improving
Public Safety

Public safety is not simply the absence of crime. We work to place communities at the center of defining and creating safety that reflects their unique needs, while supporting respected community leaders' efforts to interrupt cycles of violence. We meet crime victims where they are to build support and services tailored to them. And we build bridges between government and communities to help end the scourge of hate crimes.

Promoting
Fairness

Now more than ever, justice-involved people are finding support available at every point in the system. Through programs like alternatives to incarceration and supervised release, judges today have options that don't require cash bail, Public health services help people facing court cases remain in their communities safely and avoid future system involvement. And those returning from incarceration are eligible for an array of services, from housing to employment, to support them as they transition back into their communities.

Safely Reducing
Unnecessary
Incarceration

New York City has demonstrated that public safety is achievable without the overuse of incarceration. Today, there are half as many people in the City's jails than there were nearly eight years ago, and plans for new smaller, safer, fairer facilities remain on track. Pretrial services allow people to remain in their communities while awaiting the resolution of their cases, rather than jail. And innovative programming during the pandemic safely reduced the jail population by allowing those with shorter sentences to serve the remainder at home under supervision.

We believe in Justice, Fairness, and Community Wellness.

Justice

Justice is a fair, restorative, non-punitive, and humane set of policies and practices focused on individualized needs.

Fairness

A fair and equitable justice system is one that focuses on healing and accountability while being restorative and recognizing the humanity of the individuals involved.

Communities

Community wellness is defined by communities themselves and is shaped by equitable access to resources, independent of community wealth, and investments that allow all New Yorkers to thrive and live without fear.

About us

Meet the people who advise the Mayor on public safety strategy.

We work with New Yorkers, law enforcement, the courts, other City agencies, non-profits and foundations to ensure that each part of our public safety system works well and works together so that every New Yorker is safe and treated fairly.

Leadership

Deanna Logan

Director

Deanna Logan serves as the Director of MOCJ. She previously served as the General Counsel and Deputy Director of Crime Strategies for the office. She joined MOCJ in 2019 as the Deputy Director of Crime Strategies, and coordinated the efforts of courts, DOC, CHS, DSS, DOF and NYPD to meet the requirements of the City’s Criminal Justice Reform Act. Prior to joining MOCJ she worked with DA Darcel Clark to design, establish and supervise the Rikers Island Prosecution Bureau. Prior to her work in the Bronx, Deanna served as the Assistant Commissioner at the New York City Department of Correction (DOC), where she worked to reform and strengthen internal discipline. The first eight years of Deanna’s career was spent in public service as an Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the New York County District Attorney (DANY). There she investigated and prosecuted felony cases involving narcotics violations, domestic violence, sexual assaults and child abuse. After leaving DANY, she joined the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) as a litigator addressing misconduct issues. She eventually became the Managing Director of Rule Development at the NYSE responsible for enforcing the rules that govern the markets and impact the industry while representing the NYSE before the Securities and Exchange Commission. After NYSE, she spent a short time at Barclays Capital Market Makers working as the Director of Compliance on the trading Floor. Deanna returned to public service when she joined the DOC. Deanna holds a BA in political science from Boston University and earned her J.D. at New York University School of Law.

Executive Staff

Candice Julien

Chief Operating Officer

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Candice Julien

Candice Julien joined MOCJ in May 2022 as Chief Operating Officer after serving as the Strategic Outreach Director of the Neighborhood Advisory Board Unit at New York City’s Department for Youth and Community Development. She previously worked at the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office over nine years and two Borough President’s.  At Brooklyn Borough Hall Candice served as the Capital Budget Director where she managed the capital funding portfolio from application review, allocation, to project closeout. She also served as the agency’s Deputy Program Officer coordinating projects and programs geared around community development, financial literacy, and monthly cultural heritage celebrations. Ms. Julien received her Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation for the UN, Government and NGOs from New York University, her Masters of Arts in Urban Policy and Administration at CUNY Brooklyn College and her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from CUNY Queens College.

Carolina Chavez

First Deputy Director

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Carolina Chavez

J. Carolina Chavez (re)joined MOCJ as Special Counsel & a Senior Consultant for Legal Affairs in July 2021 after serving as the General Counsel and a Deputy Commissioner at the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Carolina has worked in and around the City’s criminal justice system since 2008. She began her career as a prosecutor in Manhattan, where she served as an Assistant District Attorney for more than six years. In 2015, she was appointed to serve as an Administrative Law Judge for the NY State Department of State, where she presided over occupational licensing hearings and appeals, often encountering applicants who faced reentry barriers as a result of prior contact with the criminal justice system. Carolina joined the Law Department as a Senior Counsel in the Special Federal Litigation Division in 2017, where she litigated on behalf of the City in federal court. In her time at MOCJ (the first time), Carolina worked on a number of projects and policy issues, including the implementation of the 2019 legislative reforms to the Criminal Procedure Laws, specifically bail reform. Carolina is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the George Washington University Law School. She is the proud daughter of immigrants.

David B. Goldin

General Counsel

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David B. Goldin

David B. Goldin has been Administrative Justice Coordinator in the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice since 2006. Previously, he had served, starting in 2002, as Chief Litigating Deputy County Attorney in the Office of the Nassau County Attorney. Before that, he held the position of Counsel to the former New York City Board of Education from 1999 to 2002. From 1989 through 1999, he was Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department; during that time, he served as Deputy Chief of the Department’s Affirmative Litigation Division from 1997 to 1999 and as Acting General Counsel of the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation from 1995 to 1996. Before joining the government, he was in private practice with Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C., and Debevoise & Plimpton. He is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.

Nora Daniel

Chief of Staff

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Nora Daniel

Nora Daniel joined MOCJ in 2020 as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, serving as the Office’s primary liaison to elected officials and related stakeholders. She has worked in government and community affairs since 2012, developing and implementing intergovernmental affairs strategies, and deepening relationships with community and non-profit stakeholders. She previously served as Deputy Director for Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs for the New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services. In this role, she worked with elected officials at the local, state, and federal level to advocate on behalf of the agency’s mission to protect and promote the safety of New York City’s children. In 2015, she joined the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, serving as the Director of Community and Government Affairs, where she oversaw the Navy Yard’s community engagement initiatives, and served as its liaison to elected officials. Prior to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, she served as Legislative and Budget Director to New York City Council Member Darlene Mealy. Nora is a graduate of the University of Alabama and Columbia Law School.

Robert Fiato

Chief Financial Officer

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Robert Fiato

Robert Fiato joined the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice in 2024 as Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, he oversees MOCJ’s budget and ensures that the agency’s strategic objectives in criminal justice policy are achieved in a cost-effective manner. Robert has worked on financial planning and analysis for City of New York agencies since 2010. Prior to joining MOCJ, he served as Executive Director of Fiscal and Business Management at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). In this role Robert managed an operating budget exceeding $1 billion and financial services for more than a dozen divisions. He worked closely with key stakeholders to advance DCAS’ mission of making city government work for all New Yorkers. Prior to DCAS, Robert was Budget Director for the Department of Finance, and Unit Head at the Office of Management and Budget in the Administrative Agencies Task Force. Most recently, he served as Manager for Government and Public Sector services at Ernst and Young and worked on a variety of consulting engagements across the country.  Robert earned his master’s degree in public administration from SUNY Albany, and bachelor’s from Syracuse University.

Staff

Akeem Wilson

Senior Budget Analyst

Alan Le

Senior Fiscal Analyst

Anassa Miller

Grants Director

Angel Arias

Program Manager

Anna Calabrese

Executive Director of Behavioral Health Initiatives

Ayana Comrie

Senior Program Manager, Reentry

Raza Ayanna Ram

Contract Manager

Camille Adolphe

Communications Associate

Cana Osborne

Deputy Director of Programs

Chairon Jeffrey

Contract Analyst

Chi Wai Cheung

Senior Fiscal Manager

Christian Klossner

Executive Director, Office of Special Enforcement

Christian Terry-Taylor

Intergovernmental Affairs Officer

Dale Gangaram

Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Dan Batchelor

Senior Contract Analyst

Eunice Lee

Program Manager, Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes

Fay-Ann Scarlett

Senior Contract Analyst

Francine Vlantes O'Keeffe

Deputy Executive Director, Office of Special Enforcement

Gui Stampur

Deputy Director of Programs

Ian Manuel

Program Manager, Justice Initiatives

Jill Starishevsky

Executive Senior Counsel

Jordan Montoya

Executive Director of Pretrial Services

Joseph Berkman Breen

Senior Counsel

Judith Lê

Senior Counsel

Kathryn Hudman

Counsel, Indigent Legal Services

Kiumars Amiri

Executive Director of Capital Projects

Lada Bobrytska

Director of Legal and Contract Management

Lainey Johnston

Senior Program Manager, Diversion

Laura Mello

Deputy General Counsel

Niurka Crespo

Office Manager

Marie Gagneron

Grants Manager

Mary Cerna

Director of Intergovernmental Affairs

Michael Moutal

Operations Director

Mir Silvy

Contracts & Fiscal Analyst

Molly Slothower

Executive Director of Research Innovation

Olyvia Siekmann

Program Manager

Robert Rancier

DCAS Pathways Fellow

Ronald Merriwether

Deputy Executive Director, Pretrial Services

Samantha Kleinfield

Executive Director, Strategic Operations

Sara Tempel

Deputy Executive Director, Housing

Sarah Barranca

Budget Director

Sarah Cassel

Director, Diversion and Reentry Initiatives

Shima Abachi Nejadasl

Senior Contract Analyst

Stephanie Chen

Senior Grants Manager, Indigent Legal Services

Tara Tran Nguyen

Fiscal Director

Tiffany Wong-Martinez

Executive Assistant to the Director

Timothy Williams

Agency Chief Contracting Officer

Xiong Huang

Senior Auditor

Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin

Executive Director of Housing Initiatives

Zachary Honoroff

Deputy Executive Director, Research Innovation