Former NYPD police commissioner Bernard Kerik offers his insight from both sides of prison walls in a conversation on prison reform, police shootings, and what it is like to be both a custodian and ward of the criminal justice system. The former nominee for Secretary of Homeland Security also discusses the Patriot Act and need for reform ahead of the bills potential renewal, and also explores police and prison oversight, as well as the issue of solitary confinement in an uncensored interview on Crime Time with Allison Hope Weiner.
Bernard B. Kerik, is one of the most controversial and accomplished leaders in law enforcement, correction, and national security in the United States. For more than thirty years, he served his country with distinction, honor, and valor, most notably as the 40th Police Commissioner of the City of New York.
For close to six years, Mr. Kerik served as First Deputy and later Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction.
In August 2000, Mr. Kerik was appointed the 40th Police Commissioner of the City of New York, responsible for 55,000 civilian and uniform personnel, and a 3.2 billion budget. His term was marked by dramatic reductions in crime, enhanced community relations, and his unflinching leadership and oversight, as he led New York City through the devastating attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11, overseeing the rescue, recovery and investigation. In 2001, he was one of the founding members of the Board of Trustees of the Twin Towers Fund, which raised and distributed 216 million to over 600 families related the emergency service workers killed on 9/11.
On December 3, 2004, President George W. Bush nominated Mr. Kerik as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. One week later, Mr. Kerik withdrew his name from consideration, after admitting that he failed to pay payroll tax for his children's nanny.
Five years of state and federal investigations followed. Mr. Kerik pled guilty to false statements and tax charges primarily relating to his childrens nanny and discounted apartment renovations. He was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison. He surrendered to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons at a minimum-security prison camp in Cumberland, Maryland on May 17, 2010, and was released from custody on October 15, 2013.
His unparalleled achievements as New York City's Police and Correction Commissioner, and his 30 year career in the criminal justice field, coupled with his later incarceration, has provided Mr. Kerik with a unique and one-of-a kind perspective into the U.S. criminal justice and prison systems, prompting him to become an advocate for criminal justice and prison reform in America.