Michael P. Jacobson is executive Director of the City University of New York's Institute for State and Local Governance. Before coming to CUNY, he served from 2005 to 2013 as president of the Vera Institute of Justice. From 1998 to 2005, he was a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of CUNY.
Jacobson was New York City's correction commissioner from 1995 to 1998, the city's probation commissioner from 1992 to 1996, and a deputy budget director from 1984 to 1992. From 2010 to 2012, he served as the chair of Altus, a global alliance working across continents and from a multicultural perspective to improve public safety and justice. The author of Downsizing Prisons: How to Reduce Crime and End Mass Incarceration, published in 2005, he holds a Ph.D. in sociology from CUNY.