Margaret Egan, an attorney with vast experience in criminal-justice issues, is the Board of Correction’s new Executive Director.
Ms. Egan, who began her tenure Jan. 6, succeeded Martha King, who left the board to complete her doctorate.
She takes the helm at the BOC at a critical juncture as the city transforms its criminal-justice model by closing Rikers Island and building smaller jails in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and The Bronx.
“I am privileged to lead this important institution at a critical moment of opportunity in New York City,” Ms. Egan said in statement. “I believe strongly in the Board’s mission, and I look forward to working closely with Board Members, Board staff, the Department of Correction, Correctional Health Services, and our community of stakeholders to ensure effective oversight and support reform.”
Ms. Egan, who served as a senior advisor to the Lippman Commission and coauthored a 2018 academic paper surveying culture change in city jails, was most recently Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Director of Strategic Initiatives at City University of New York. Before that, in her capacity as Assistant Secretary for Public Safety to Governor Cuomo, she supervised agency operations and implementation of directives for the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, the Division of Criminal Justice Service and the State Police.
Prior to those tenures, she held various executive public-safety posts in Cook County, Illinois, including the Sheriff’s Office, where she was Director of Public Policy and External Affairs for Sheriff Tom Dart. She also served in Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration.
“As we monitor the closing of Rikers Island and the beginning of a new era in corrections, the Board is thrilled that Margaret will lead the agency through this historic period,” said the BOC’s Interim Chair, Jackie Sherman. “Margaret’s unique perspective and extensive criminal justice leadership experience in Chicago and New York will serve the City exceptionally well in this important role.”
“As the City closes Rikers Island and moves to borough-based jails, we need strong independent oversight to ensure safe, fair, and humane conditions,” said Stanley Richards, the BOC’s Vice Chairman. “Margaret is that leader.”
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