Adjunct Associate Professor of Policy
Vincent N. Schiraldi was appointed Commissioner of the New York City Department of Probation in February 2010, bringing nearly 30 years experience working with troubled youth and juvenile justice systems to New York City. He leads the Department in its mission to protect the community by intervening in the lives of probationers, holding them accountable, and serving as a catalyst for positive change. In collaboration with the community and other justice partners, he is applying innovative thinking to the Department’s role of servicing the courts, the probation population and the community. Mr. Schiraldi’s goal is to provide every child and adult on probation with the support they need to achieve a crime-free, healthy lifestyle. He is responsible for managing a staff of over 1,000 people. The Department annually conducts approximately 30,000 pre-sentence investigations for the courts, and at any given time is actively supervising approximately 28,000 adults and youth.
As Director of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) for the District of Columbia from 2005 to 2010, Mr. Schiraldi managed the agency’s $80 million dollar budget and transformed the department by creating one of the nation’s most comprehensive continuums of care, one that is strength-based and community and family-focused.
Prior to his appointment at DYRS, Mr. Schiraldi founded the Justice Policy Institute (JPI), where he served as the Executive Director. JPI conducts research on the impact of mass incarceration and the overrepresentation of people of color behind bars, and has worked collaboratively on criminal and juvenile justice campaigns in Alabama, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland and Texas.
JPI grew out of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ), a private, non-profit criminal/juvenile justice agency dedicated to reducing society’s reliance on imprisonment as a solution to social problems, which Mr. Schiraldi founded in 1991. As Executive Director, Mr. Schiraldi supervised all aspects of agency operations. Successful projects included juvenile justice programming, continuum of care programming, an alternative sentencing program, a supervised citation release program and a supportive living program.
Mr. Schiraldi also worked with the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives, both in New York City and San Francisco, for nine years. Among its successful programs was the Parole Assistance Project, which developed social service plans for 156 California Department of Corrections parolees.
A recognized expert in the field of juvenile justice, Mr. Schiraldi has provided research findings and commentaries that have been featured on the Today Show; The New York Times; The Washington Post;evening newscasts for ABC, CBS and NBC;National Public Radio; CNN and theBBC, to name a few. He has also published numerous papers and articles, and has spoken before a variety of academic and governmental audiences. He served as an advisor on the Washington, DC Blue Ribbon Commission on Youth Safety and Juvenile Justice Reform in 2001, and has been a member or advisor to the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Inmate Population Management, and the California Commission on the Status of African American Men. He was the founding Chair of San Francisco’s Juvenile Probation Commission in 1990.
Mr. Schiraldi received his Masters in Social Work from New York University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Psychology from Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY.