Making our neighborhoods and our city even safer and fairer.
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.
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.
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.
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 is a fair, restorative, non-punitive, and humane set of policies and practices focused on individualized needs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chief Operating OfficerRead Bio
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.
First Deputy DirectorRead Bio
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 CounselRead Bio
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.
Chief of StaffRead Bio
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.
Chief Financial OfficerRead Bio
Osvaldo Cruz is the Chief Financial Officer. His career in public service began at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Management & Budget where he spent almost a decade. Starting as an Analyst he rose through the ranks to hold the position of Assistant Director of the Administration of Justice Taskforce. In that capacity he was responsible for the development and administration of the New York City Criminal Justice System’s Operating and Capital Budgets including the New York City Police and Correction Departments and the Court Facilities Capital Construction Plan. Following his service at OMB he joined the MTA’s Long Island Rail Road. There he was responsible for the administration of the agency’s operating and revenue budgets, managed the agency’s fare policy implementation process, and directed the agency’s corporate performance management program, international benchmarking efforts, and Information Technology strategic planning. Mr. Cruz holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from John Jay College.