Deputy Commissioner Joshua Young


Joshua Young is the Deputy Commissioner of the New York City, New York, Department of Correction. Deputy Commissioner Young oversees the Office of Management Analysis and Planning where he is responsible for operational procedures, agency-wide policies, and in-depth analysis, reporting, and dissemination of statistics related to the agency’s goals and objectives.

Deputy Commissioner Young serves as the department’s liaison with the mayor’s office and oversees and directs the preparation of management reports containing detailed quantitative analysis of key statistical indicators monitored by the mayor’s office. He has delivered large-scale transformation initiatives in every major branch of the criminal justice system including correctional systems, prison systems, sheriff’s offices, police departments, probation departments, parole departments, district attorney’s offices, and public defender offices.

Deputy Commissioner Young was previously the deputy senior vice-president at the Center for Policing Equity, where he engaged with governments, non-profits, and think tanks throughout the United States focusing on redesigning and reimagining public safety models to reduce racial disparities.

Deputy Commissioner Young also served as a police supervisor, special weapons and tactics (SWAT) operator, and undercover detective in southern California. He was the first known line-level police officer to successfully integrate a major randomized controlled trial (RCT) within a policing organization. This mega-study was one of the largest multi-site RCTs in the history of criminal justice research.

Deputy Commissioner Young has five peer-reviewed publications. His article titled “Contagious Accountability” was voted the number one publication by Sage Criminology for 2016. His article titled, “Report: increases in police use of force in the presence of body-worn cameras…” is the “Top Downloaded and Mentioned Article” in the history of the Journal of Experimental Criminology.

Deputy Commissioner Young graduated with a master’s degree in Applied Criminology and Police Management from The University of Cambridge (UK). He is also a Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Scholar with the National Institute of Justice.