How We Can Help
The Center for Court Innovation provides hands-on, expert assistance to reformers—judges, attorneys, criminal justice officials, and community organizations—around the world. Our staff provides guidance on assessing public safety problems and crafting workable, practical solutions. Having launched dozens of innovative criminal and juvenile justice initiatives in New York, we know first-hand the nut-and-bolts steps of getting a new project off the ground—from performing a rigorous community needs assessment to figuring out how to measure impacts. We are currently working with innovators both in the United States and internationally to help create new responses to problems like drugs, domestic violence, delinquency, and neighborhood disorder.
Our experts are available to speak on topics of justice reform at conferences around the world; representatives from the Center have recently been featured at events sponsored by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, National Institute of Justice, National Criminal Justice Association, and numerous other conferences.
The Center for Court Innovation is also available to host visits to our demonstration projects in the New York City area.
Washington D.C.'s Citywide Expansion of Community Court Model
The Center is currently assisting the Washington, D.C. Superior Court in adapting the community court model for citywide application. Center staff are providing support to a planning team of officials from several government and non-profit agencies—including the District of Columbia Superior Court, the U.S. Attorney's Office, and the Pretrial Service Agency—on such topics as engaging individual communities across the city, assessing client needs, streamlining court processes, facilitating community service in neighborhoods affected by crime, linking offenders to services, and measuring results. As part of the project, Center staff are conducting a number of planning workshops and holding regular conference calls with key stakeholders. The Center is also hosting structured site visits to New York City demonstration projects by key Washington stakeholders.
Dan Cipullo, director of the Criminal Division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, discusses why and how the court expanded its community court approach from one neighborhood to cover the entire city. Listen to the interview or read the transcript.
Avoiding Failures of Implementation: Lessons from Process Evaluations
Part of a multi-faceted inquiry into failure undertaken by the Center for Court Innovation and the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance, this paper examines failures that occur during the implementation of a new initiative, seeking to identify common sources of failure and to develop a basic list of considerations that may help practitioners avoid future pitfalls.
Planning a Domestic Violence Court: The New York State Experience
A close look at the development of the Domestic Violence Court Model in New York State, with a special focus on the launching of the Brooklyn Felony Domestic Violence Court in 1996.