Vera Institute of Justice    New York, NY 

The Vera Institute of Justice created PARC as a resource center on police oversight to define its scope, advance best practices, and spur innovation.

The Vera Institute of Justice works closely with leaders in government and civil society to improve the services people rely on for safety and justice. Vera develops innovative, affordable programs that often grow into self-sustaining organizations, studies social problems and current responses, and provides practical advice and assistance to government officials in New York and around the world.
233 Broadway, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10279
(212) 334-1300
F (212) 941-9407


Ford Foundation   New York, NY

Ford Foundation
The Ford Foundation is a resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide. Its goals are to: strengthen democratic values; reduce poverty and injustice; promote international cooperation; and advance human achievement.
320 East 43rd Street 
New York, NY 10017 USA 
(212) 573-5000 
F (212) 351-3677

Board of Trustees

Michael Graham   Assistant Sheriff (Ret.)

Michael Graham was employed by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department for 32 years, rising through the ranks from Deputy to Assistant Sheriff.  Now retired from the Sheriff's Department, he has remained active with the California police Summer Games, the World Police and Fire Games, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Policy Center.  He serves as a consultant to the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice in connection with their pattern and practice investigations of police misconduct in a number of different jurisdictions.


Michael Jacobson   Director, Vera Institute of Justice

Michael P. Jacobson joined the Vera Institute of Justice as director in January 2005. He is the author of Downsizing Prisons: How to Reduce Crime and End Mass Incarceration (New York University Press 2005).  He was the New York City Correction Commissioner from 1995 to 1998.  From 1992 to 1996, he was New York City's Probation Commissioner, and from 1984 to 1992, he worked in the New York City Office of Management and Budget where he was the Deputy Budget Director.  Immediately before joining Vera, he was a professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice where he taught courses in urban sociology, criminology, public policy and finance, corrections and criminal justice policies and public administration.  He established and coordinated an Associate Degree program on Rikers Island for correction officers and staff and received funding from New York State Legislature to design, implement and evaluate a college course on police leadership and human dignity for first line police supervisors.