Director of New York Legal Policy
Daniel Ades is the Director of New York Legal Policy at the Center. He was a public defender in Brooklyn for nine years before serving as Counsel to the Committee on Public Safety at the New York City Council and Deputy Chief of Staff at the Department of Correction. His pragmatic, consensus-based approach to policy work derives from this unique experience as a practitioner, legislative policymaker, and agency official, touching on all aspects of the New York City criminal justice landscape, including courts, policing, corrections, and community-based alternatives to incarceration. Currently, his work at the Center is focused on developing and implementing efficient, evidence-based court practices in partnership with the NYS Unified Court System and all criminal justice stakeholders. In addition, he is developing a model for individualized jail population review that aims to reduce the NYC jail population in order to help ensure the closure of Rikers Island, and to serve as a model for other large jurisdictions to reduce pretrial incarceration.