Expert Assistance

How We Can Help

The Center for Court Innovation provides hands-on, expert assistance to reformers—criminal justice officials, community organizations, and policymakers—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 overcoming logistical obstacles 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, neighborhood disorder, and the over-use of incarceration.

The Center for Court Innovation's assistance takes many forms, from help with data analysis to facilitation of planning sessions to the hosting of structured site visits to our demonstration projects in the New York City area. Read representative examples of the Center's expert assistance: click here for domestic case studies. 

Washington D.C.'s Citywide Expansion of Community Court Model

The Washington, D.C. Superior Court is adapting the community court model for citywide application. The Center for Court Innovation is 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 assessing client needs, streamlining court processes, facilitating community service in neighborhoods affected by crime, 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.

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Podcast

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.

For Planners

Avoiding Failures of Implementation: Lessons from Process Evaluations
By Amanda Cissner and Donald Farole, Jr.
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 highlights lessons from process evaluations in an effort to help those implementing new initiatives avoid the mistakes of the past.
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A Community Court Takes Washington D.C.: Expanding the Model in the Nation's Capital

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.

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