Zachary Katznelson

Zachary Katznelson is Policy Director of the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform. He has almost 20 years’ experience investigating and reforming jails and prisons throughout the United States and around the world. Among other positions, he has worked as an attorney at the Equal Justice Initiative, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the British charity Reprieve. He co-founded Congregation Beth Elohim’s (Brooklyn, New York) racial justice team, using faith-based organizing to reform the criminal legal system. He lives in New York with his wife Isabel Burton and three young sons.