Author Archive

Greg Berman

is the Distinguished Fellow of Practice at the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. He previously served as the executive director of the Center for Court Innovation for 18 years. His most recent book is Start Here: A Road Map to Reducing Mass Incarceration (The New Press).

Rikers Island


Opinion: Is it possible to get the effort to close Rikers Island back on track?

The troubled jail’s closure has been cast adrift in a sea of half truths, bad ideas and polarized debate.



Are nonprofits the permanent government of New York City?

Current and former executives, as well as others in high-ranking positions in philanthropy and government, weigh in on the question, holding organizations accountable and more.



Opinion: Can nonprofits help keep the peace in New York City?

The sector can help solve the problem of increased crime, while striking a balance between policing and community safety.

Interviews & Profiles


A Q&A with the new head of The New York Foundling

Melanie Hartzog, a former New York City deputy mayor, discussed the arc of her career and moving back to the nonprofit world.



The promise and peril of Cure Violence in NYC

A network of programs seek to provide pathways out of criminal behavior for at-risk youth.