Midtown Community Court kicks off the holiday season with a lunch for participating fathers and alumni of its UPNEXT program. UPNEXT works with unemployed men and/or non-custodial fathers on job training and family engagement and is currently enrolling for its next cycle. Call to apply at 646-264-1354.
Demitri Stanley, an alumnus of the Red Hook Youth Court now interning with the New York Police Department's Office of Strategic Communications, addresses a news conference marking the launch of the #MyBrooklynStory contest. The contest is a project of the NYPD along with the Brownsville Youth Court and the Red Hook Community Justice Center aimed at increasing community engagement and the knowledge of local history. Submit your story at mybrooklynstory.org.
Judge Marcelita Haynes, second from right, of the Los Angeles Superior Court gets an introduction to the Red Hook Community Justice Center from its director, Amanda Berman. Judge Haynes presides over one of four recently created Community Collaborative Courts in L.A. and visited Red Hook to see its problem-solving justice model in action.
Court teams from across the United States attended an Open House site visit last week at the Ada County Domestic Violence Mentor Court. Ada County, Idaho is the location of one of six such Mentor Courts designated by the Department of Justice. The Center for Court Innovation facilitates site visits to the courts and works nationally with jurisdictions on implementing domestic violence court best practices.
Fourteen-year-old Vincent A. Johnson Jr. stands in front of some of his photographs of Newark’s Branch Brook Park. Vincent’s work was part of a three-day “gallery crawl” recently held at the Newark Municipal Court. The event was organized by the court and Newark Community Solutions on the theme of “Art Through Social Consciousness: Visions of Community Justice.” Guests were greeted by members of the Newark Youth Court and made their way along a first-floor corridor covered with paintings, drawings, collages, and photography.
Harlem Justice Corps almost-graduate Jeffery Bradshaw gets some pointers on seeding from Harlem Grown’s Latonya Assanah. The Justice Corps members have been building planter boxes and compost bins for a previously abandoned lot and painted travelling murals for Harlem Grown sites in the area. Jeffery and the rest of the first cohort of the Justice Corps’ fifth year graduate this week. Congratulations all!
Members of the most recent cohort of the Youth Justice Board participate in a "Lego Challenge" with a twist. At their recent Kick-Off Retreat at Camp Vacamas in New Jersey, this group used a Lego simulation to learn about power and privilege. Through high-ropes tests and other challenges, the youth members developed teamwork and leadership skills.
The Near Westside Peacemaking Project in Syracuse, NY, recently hosted an open community dialogue exploring the definition of Islamophobia and what it means to be Muslim in the United States. The facilitators were high school juniors and seniors from Seeds of Peace, a program confronting racism and promoting community peace-building. Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Buddhists participated in the dialogue and came away with a sense of how to better support their Muslim friends and neighbors.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy delivers the keynote address at the 'Justice Innovation in Times of Change' summit on September 30, 2016. The conference was hosted by the Center for Court Innovation, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Quinnipiac University School of Law. Topics covered included race and procedural justice, innovations in police- and prosecutor-led diversion, and alternative sentencing.
This summer, the Harlem Community Justice Center organized a mock interview session as part of workforce development for Justice Corps youth. Volunteer interviewers included a Buddhist, a former Justice Corps participant who is now in college, educators, and staff.
The Newark Youth Court, which trains teenagers to handle real-life cases involving their peers, held its 11th new member induction ceremony at the Newark Municipal Council Chambers earlier this summer. The ceremony included a keynote address by Andrea McChristian, associate counsel at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. Newark Municipal Court Judge Jude O. Nkama administered the new member oath.
The Red Hook Youth Court, which trains teenagers to handle real-life cases involving their peers, begins a new session. The goal of the court is to use positive peer pressure to ensure that young people who have committed minor offenses restore harm done to the community and receive the help they need to avoid further involvement in the justice system.
The Red Hook Community Justice Center hosted "Bridging the Gap," a conversation circle between local police, youth, community members, peacemakers, and Center staff. The event sought to create a safe space for interaction, allowing them to explore their relationships with each other with the intention of improving communication and building trust.
Cinematrographer Juan Carlos Borrero collaborates with the Center for Court Innovation's Tribal Justice Exchange to create a video about the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's Reintegration Program in Oklahoma. The program helps people succeed after returning to the community from prison. The video is expected to be released on tribaljustice.org in the fall.
In June 2016, the Youth Justice Board presented the results of a year's work towards strengthening police-youth relations in New York City, including the redesign of a police precinct youth room and the first screening of their short film Getting to Know YOUth. At the event, held at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, they received a check from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board in support of the film.
Red Hook Community Court Presiding Judge Alex Calabrese delivers remarks at a June 16 ceremony recognizing graduates and inducting new members of the Red Hook Youth Court.
Midtown Community Court Deputy Director Jeff Hobbs presents at a Center for Court Innovation staff meeting focused on UPNEXT, the Midtown court's job training and family engagement program for unemployed men and non-custodial fathers.
Jim Henderson of the Battered Women's Justice Project discusses the importance of community collaboration in holding domestic violence offenders accountable and keeping victims safe at the Integrated Domestic Violence Court Open House, which was held at the Center for Court Innovation's headquarters in New York City.
Public interest lawyer, author, and social justice activist Bryan Stevenson talks about mass incarceration at #KnowJusticeHarlem, a talk organized by Circles of Support in collaboration with the Center for Court Innovation's Harlem Community Justice Center, the Center for Justice at Columbia University, and various community groups.
Elizabeth Glazer, director of the New York City Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, discusses strategies for safely reducing the population of Rikers Island during a visit to the Center for Court Innovation.
American Bar Association President Paulette Brown and Judge Alex Calabrese congratulate the young graduate Jared Chris Sumpter at his GED graduation ceremony at the Red Hook Community Justice Center this month. Chris, a Red Hook resident, is now working on internship and college applications.
Brownsville Community Justice Center youth participant Ray speaks about his experiences at the Justice Center during the inauguration of the Brooklyn Young Adult Initiative at Brooklyn Criminal Court. Behind, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson (left), New York State Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks (center), and Brent Cohen of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs (far right) look on.
]Poverty Justice Solutions Director Ignacio Jaureguilorda discusses reforms to increase procedural justice in Housing Court at a workshop for Poverty Justice Solutions fellows.
At Community Justice 2016, held in Chicago last week, Southwest Detroit Community Justice Center Program Assistant Juan Ochoa, left, Executive Director Tonya Phillips and Detroit Director of Probation Adrian Green participate in a breakout session titled Community Justice at the Local Level. (April 20, 2016)
Legal Hand Crown Heights volunteer coordinator Marlies Talay leads an orientation and training for new volunteers at the Brooklyn Public Library.
Youth and staff from the Brownsville Community Justice Center gather at the premiere of a BRIC documentary about the Justice Center's Sounds of Brownsville performing arts program, during a BRIC-sponsored town hall on race and mass incarceration.
New York City Council Member Helen Rosenthal (third from left) visited the Midtown Community Court, where she met with crew supervisor and former UPNEXT fellow Dhavon Davis (second from left), as well as other staff.
Experts and practitioners from across the U.S. gather at the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance to discuss strategies for addressing witness intimidation. Julius Lang of the Center for Court Innovation moderates.
Members of the Harlem Justice Corps participate in a job training session with volunteers from a local church, the New York Police Department, and the Harlem Community Justice Center. The Corps provides intensive career guidance and development to justice-involved youth who are interested in furthering their education, employment, and community engagement. Photo credit: Angela James.
Passing the talking piece at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dialogue on Race and Violence, hosted by the Near Westside Peacemaking Project. The dialogue, organized by high school students from Syracuse trained as community peacemakers, aimed to find common ground and build consensus between different groups, thereby bringing about meaningful change within the community.
Grantees of the Justice for Families program of the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women gather for a training on procedural justice led by the Center for Court Innovation.
Attendees of the "Victims of Crime & Jail Reduction Initiatives" roundtable on supervised release compare eligibility criteria for pretrial supervised release programs and domestic violence accountability programs. The roundtable was hosted by the Center for Court Innovation.
From the archives: Former New York State Chief Judge Judith Kaye, center, in conversation with Greg Berman and Louise Casey at a community justice panel convened by the New York Times and the Center for Court Innovation in 2008. Judge Kaye, who was New York's first female chief judge, passed away today. (January 7, 2016)
New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and City Council Member Rory Lancman at the opening of Legal Hand Jamaica, a new branch of the Center for Court Innovation's Legal Hand access-to-justice initiative, which provides community members in several New York neighborhoods with free legal information on matters including housing, immigration, employment, and public benefits.
Jose, a Harlem Parole Reentry Court participant, becomes the first graduate of the New York City Housing Authority's Family Reentry pilot program. The initiative gives individuals returning from prison the opportunity to live in public housing with their families and eventually become leaseholders, so long as they do not sustain new convictions.
New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman speaks on access to justice at the opening of Legal Hand Crown Heights, a new program that provides community members with free legal information on matters including housing, immigration, employment, and public benefits.
Dianne Gibson of the South Dallas Community Court speaks on a panel about engaging communities along with Bill Brice (left) of the Downtown Austin Alliance, J. McDonald Williams (right) of the Foundation for Community Empowerment, and Vana Hammond (extreme right) of the Office of the Mayor of Dallas at Reinvesting In Justice, a regional summit held in Dallas this November.
English teacher Robert Reyes of James Baldwin High School discusses strategies for improving interactions between youth and police at a forum the high school hosted on police-youth relations.
New York City Council member Rory Lancman joins members of the Queens Youth Justice Council at the presentation of the Youth Justice Council's report, “Bridging the Gap: Strengthening LGBTQ Youth and Police Relations."
In New York City, commissioners and other officials from city and state social service and justice agencies and nonprofit leaders gather for a roundtable during the “Domestic Violence Intervention: Creating NYC's Blueprint for Working with Abusive Partners” conference.
(From left) Levi, Alex, Stephanie, and Bernadette, alumni of the Center for Court Innovation's Youth Justice Board and Coro New York’s youth leadership programs, present on their experiences with the programs at the Sustainable Strategies for Youth Advisory Boards conference in New York City. (October 5, 2015)
From the archives: Raymond Deal and Gloria Benally, Navajo Nation peacemakers, train community volunteers at the Red Hook Peacemaking Program.
Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Michael P. Botticelli speaks with Center for Court Innovation Director Greg Berman and Director of Drug Court Programs Aaron Arnold during a visit to the Center's headquarters. (September 21, 2015)
Representatives from the Brooklyn District Attorney's office, New York State Office of Administration, and Legal Aid meet at the weekly Treatment Conference convened by the Alternatives to Incarceration department at the Red Hook Community Justice Center to discuss cases in-depth and provide training on clinical issues.
New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman joins the inaugural class of Poverty Justice Solutions fellows at the launch of Poverty Justice Solutions. The 19 fellows will spend the next two years working at local civil legal service providers representing low-income New Yorkers in Housing Court.
Mayor Bill de Blasio poses with Chanel Simpson, a youth participant at the Brownsville Community Justice Center, during the National Night Out Against Crime. (August 10, 2015)
Red Hook Community Justice Center interns, neighborhood restitution crew, and supervisors do community service at Red Hook's St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church.
From the archives: The Red Hook Public Safety Corps removes graffiti from the wall of a local supermarket during a day of service in the neighborhood.
Volunteers from Moody's Investors Service and New York Cares provide UPNEXT participants with professional training.
Judge Victoria Pratt of Newark Community Solutions explains how she uses procedural justice in her courtroom during an appearance on "The Melissa Harris-Perry Show" on MSNBC. (July 13, 2015)
Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker of the New York City Council, delivers the keynote address at the graduation for Justice Community Plus, a job training program for court involved and at-risk young adults run by the Harlem Community Justice Center and Save Our Streets Bronx.
Youth Advocate Selena, 17, delivers her closing statement to the jury at the Red Hook Community Justice Center Youth Court.
Neil, 16, a member of the Youth Justice Board, offers one of the Board's policy recommendations at the presentation of its report, "Stepping Up: Strengthening Police, Youth, and Community Relations," at Pace University. (June 18, 2015)
"Stop Shooting, Start Living" art project at the annual "Arts Against Violence" exhibit of the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center.
Peacemaker Carl Thomas and Peacemaking Coordinator Lisa Vavonese with Ken Gilbert, Syracuse Metro Area Office Bureau Chief for the New York State Division of Parole, at an open house for the Near Westside Peacemaking Project in Syracuse. (May 29, 2015)
Senior case manager Amanda Rivera spreads the word about the Midtown Community Court and its programming at the Hell's Kitchen Ninth Avenue Street Festival. (May 21, 2015)
Red Hook Community Justice Center Youth Court Member Alanis Lantigua runs the youth programs table at the Justice Center's Youth Summer Internship and Jobs Fair. (May 13, 2015)Brownsville Community Justice Center social work interns Norah Covarrubias (left) and Amanda Valladares prepare a community garden for spring. (May 6, 2015)
Bronx Community Solutions Director Maria Almonte-Weston honors Community Service Supervisor Ramon Semorile at the program's 10th anniversary celebration. (April 22, 2015)
Center for Court Innovation researcher Sarah Fritsche presents to visitors on risk-need-responsivity theory, currently a major focus of the Center's work. (April 15, 2015)
A Harlem Parole Reentry Court participant practices interviewing with Chris Flowers and Amanda Paret of the J.C. Flowers Foundation during Mock Interview Night. (April 8, 2015)
Dipal Shah, director of the Midtown Community Court, testifies in front of the New York City Council Committee on Economic Development. (April 1, 2015)
Commissioner Rosemond Pierre-Louis of the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence and her staff with Liberty Aldrich, director of Domestic Violence and Family Court Programs at the Center for Court Innovation. Commissioner Pierre-Louis visited the Center to review the office's work in 2014 and its plans for 2015. From left: Elizabeth Dank, general counsel; Liberty Aldrich; Commissioner Pierre-Louis; Ed Hill, Executive Director of Outreach and Strategic Coordination (March 25, 2015)
Court officers at the Bronx Criminal Court meet with Bronx Community Solutions interns as part of the organization's lunchtime career talk series. Interns at Bronx Community Solutions provide support to the intake and social service departments. (March 19, 2015)
While filming a video about Bronx Community Solutions, an operating project that connects thousands of low-level offenders to social services in lieu of jail time each year, Community Service Supervisor Ramon Semorile explains that the murals in the Hunts Point neighborhood were painted as part of Bronx Community Solution's Project A.C.T. (Artists Coming Together), an anti-graffiti initiative that taps talented local artists to paint murals. (March 5, 2015)
Siegel Scholars pose with members of the Siegel family and Center for Court Innovation staff at John Jay College of Criminal Justice's Champions of Justice reception. (February 26, 2015)
Staff crowds into the Center's main office for a meeting about police-community relations and the role the Center can play to create positive change. Leaders from the Center's operating projects talk about the work they are doing in the area of police-community relations--what's worked and what hasn't--and get ideas from audience members about future efforts.
At the kick-off summit for Minority Youth Violence Prevention initiative, co-sponsored by the U.S. Office of Minority Health and the COPS Office, police, public health, and social service grantees brainstorm tactics for connecting with overlooked young people. (February, 12, 2015)
Students from Lower Manhattan Community Middle School visit the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, as it kicks off community outreach for this year’s Arts to End Violence festival, which will culminate in a block party and gallery show in May. (January 29, 2015)
New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman visits the Center for Court Innovation's monthly staff meeting and speaks with Greg Berman about his development as a lawyer, his all-time favorite jobs, and his judicial philosophy. "We need someone to help us go beyond just counting cases. That's why the Center for Court Innovation is so important," Chief Judge Lippman said. (January 23, 2015)
The Red Hook Community Justice Center holds a ceremony for graduating members of the Red Hook Youth Court and celebrates the induction of new members. (January 16, 2015)
A Center for Court Innovation 2015 calendar hangs over a former Center intern's desk in the Mexican Senate. (January 5, 2015)
All too many people are incarcerated while their cases are pending--many because they lack the money to post even minimal bail amounts. By providing rigorous monitoring (and regular reminders of court dates), Brooklyn Justice Initiatives allows participants to remain in the community until the conclusion of their criminal case. (December 17, 2014)
Members of the community service supervision team at the Hartford Community Court, a national mentor court, pose in the court's community garden. The garden is planted, maintained, and harvested by defendants assigned to perform court-supervised community service, and all of the vegetables produced are donated to local shelters, soup kitchens, and community groups. (December 9, 2014)
The Center's Coordinator of Anti-Violence Programs Ife Charles describes how the Center's anti-gun violence work has built on the success of the first Save Our Streets program at the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center and expanded to the Bronx and new parts of Brooklyn over the last couple of years. (November 14, 2014)
Youth Justice Board members test out their new project, nextmovenyc.org, a website that includes over 150 education, employment, housing, legal, and health resources for young people ages 16-24 who are not in school and not working. "We had to imagine ourselves in the shoes of those who need these resources," one member said. "And in doing that we were not only able to accomplish our goal but also gain an appreciation for the opportunities we have." (November 6, 2014)
Syracuse's new Near Westside Peacemaking Project conducts its first training for fourteen community members working to become peacemakers. Wendy Hill, traditional healer, and Leroy Hill, faithkeeper, from the Haudenosaunee Nations provided the intensive two-day training. (October 29, 2014)
Participants in the Brownsville Community Justice Center's new incentive-based fashion program, Brownsville Project Runway, learn the basics of sewing shirts, pants, and accessories. The Justice Center created the program to further engage youth while expanding their creative and professional skills. By the end of the program, participants will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in a fashion show. (October 23, 2014)
At the Groundswell Art Auction Benefit, Greg Berman accepts an award for the Center for Court Innovation from Gustavo Bahena (center), a Youth Justice Board member who also works with Groundswell, an organization that brings together artists, youth, and other organizations to use art as a tool for social change. (October 17, 2014)
The New York City Bar hosts an event honoring the late Alfred Siegel and his legacy of advancing youth justice reform. Here, members of his family listen to the panel of speakers. (October 10, 2014)
The Organization of American States and the Center for Court Innovation sign a Memorandum of Understanding for coordinating joint efforts to promote alternatives to incarceration for drug-related offenders and drug treatment courts in the Americas. (October 3, 2014)
Midtown Community Court's workforce development and fatherhood program, UpNext, collaborated with MoMA educator Shellyne Rodriguez to find a place where participants could share their experiences as fathers. Here, staff members of the Midtown Community Court celebrate the art opening at MoMA, posing before a tableau created from silhouettes created by program participants over the past year. (September 26, 2014)
On the anniversary of 9/11, Red Hook Youth Court members showed appreciation for their local police and fire departments by dropping off home-baked treats and thank you cards. (September 19, 2014)
Brownsville Justice Community program participants interned this summer with Groundswell to create a new mural in partnership with Food Bazaar Supermarkets. Over six weeks, participants brainstormed, designed, and painted the mural, which depicts their views on the effects of mass incarceration on the Brownsville, Brooklyn community. (September 10, 2014)
This week, Bronx Community Solutions removed graffiti in the Highbridge neighborhood of the Bronx. Since 2007, Bronx Community Solutions has been beautifying the Bronx through connecting clients with community service mandates to graffiti removal projects. (September 5, 2014)
The Center for Court Innovation's Valerie Raine (left) joins a presentation in Mexico on a diagnostic study about Mexico's first drug court.
Coordinator of Anti-Violence Programs at the Center for Court Innovation Ife Charles speaks at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's announcement of a new effort to prevent gun violence by expanding the Cure Violence model across the five boroughs. The Mayor highlighted SOS Crown Heights as 'the exemplar' of the public health approach to violence reduction in New York. (August 14, 2014)
At a roundtable discussion on public health approaches to crime prevention in Los Angeles, President of The California Endowment Robert Ross (third from left) addresses a group of police chiefs, public health experts, and funders from across the country, including Dr. Nadine Gracia (second from left), deputy assistant secretary for minority health at the US Department of Health and Human Services, and Ron Davis (third from right), director of the US Department of Justice's COPS Office. (August 6, 2014)
The Red Hook Community Justice Center installs new signage as part of an on-going effort to ensure that court users feel oriented and respected throughout the court process. (July 24, 2014)
Red Hook Youth Court and Brownsville Youth Court celebrate their youth court graduation and the induction of new members at the United States District Court in Brooklyn. (July 2, 2014)
The Youth Justice Board, after presenting their new website for disconnected youth to a crowd at the Midtown Referral Center. The website will help disconnected youth between the ages of 16 and 24 decide the best course of action to take to re-engage with school, a high-school equivalency degree, or employment. (June 18, 2014)
The Staten Island Youth Justice Center plants flowers as part of an adopt-the-block service project on Staten Island. Staff members and kids from across four of the Staten Island Youth Justice Center's programs participated. (June 11, 2014)
Siegel's Sluggers, whose members hail from seven Center projects, huddle during their first game of the season, which they won 11 to six! The team is named in memory of Alfred Siegel, the Center's deputy director who passed away in January. (June 6, 2014)
The Brownsville Community Justice Center coordinated a multi-agency cleanup with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), Department of Sanitation, and New York Police Department (NYPD), clearing over six tons of trash and debris from a dump site that had been an eyesore for the Brownsville, Brooklyn community for decades. (May 29, 2014)
The Aneth Community Court Adopts a Highway: The Aneth Community Court, located on the Navajo Nation, was created with the help of the Center for Court Innovation's Tribal Justice Exchange and represents the first community court in Indian Country. The court recently adopted a stretch of highway in Aneth, Utah and is using highway cleanup projects for court-ordered community service and as a form of community engagement. Here, Judge Irene Black (center, yellow hat) stands with court staff and community members during an Earth Day cleanup project. (May 21, 2014)
In honor of Mother's Day, participants in Midtown Community Court's UPNEXT program join an event at Making Meaning, sponsored by the Department of Youth and Community Development, which seeks to strengthen family relationships. Here, Brett Stewart (left) paints pottery with his daughter, Zatara (center) and her mother, Dominique (right). (May 15, 2014)
Jethro Antoine, of Newark Community Solutions, leads a group exercise at Community Justice 2014, an international summit about reducing crime and recidivism.
For the launch of the Brownsville Anti-Violence Project's Belmont Revitalization Project, staff from Bronx Community Solutions, Red Hook Community Justice Center, Newark Community Solutions, and Midtown Community Court gather for this place-based approach to crime reduction. On Brooklyn's Belmont Avenue, more than 100 youth volunteers came out to clean streets, remove graffiti, plant a garden, and paint a mural. (April 23, 2014)
Photographer Amnon Gutman took photos of S.O.S. Crown Heights doing outreach in Brooklyn each day for three months in 2012. This week, MSNBC posted some of his photos along with an article profiling their work. (April 11, 2014)
Brownsville Youth Court members volunteer at the Brownsville Recreation Center, helping to transform a once unusable room into a bright and inviting space for local young people who use the recreational center. (March 26, 2014)
From the archives: At the Community Justice 2012 summit in Washington D.C., Judge Alex Calabrese (right) of the Red Hook Community Justice Center participates in a small collaborative working group. Register here for Community Justice 2014 in San Francisco. (March 14, 2014)
At the Reducing Reoffending Conference in Winchester, UK, organized by the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Greg Berman gives a presentation on reducing crime, reducing incarceration, and restoring public trust in the justice system. (March 6, 2014)
The Staten Island Youth Justice Center holds an open house in their new space, hosting visitors from the NYPD, the Department of Probation, the Law Department, Legal Aid Society, and other partner agencies. (February 7, 2014)
Julius Lang (left), director of training and technical assistance at the Center for Court Innovation, and Phil Bowen, director of the Centre for Justice Innovation in London, testify before the Justice, Defence and Equality Committee of the Irish parliament (Oireachtas) in Dublin on the feasibility of introducing community courts in Ireland. (January 29, 2014)
The Red Hook Community Justice Center's JustArts Photography Program holds an exhibition at the Red Hook Public Library. The program, which is a partnership with the Brooklyn Arts Council, featured the work of 12 students who participated in this after-school digital photography workshop for teens from Red Hook and neighboring communities. (December 12, 2013)
At the Domestic Violence Mentor Court Orientation at the Center's main office in New York City, Resource Coordinator Cherie Foster, (Brooklyn, NY), CEO of Genesis Women's Shelter and Support Jan Langbein (Dallas, TX), and prosecutor Whitney Welsh (Ada County, ID) hold a mock panel to prepare for site visits to their respective domestic violence courts. As recipients of Office on Violence Against Women grants, these three jurisdictions will function as mentor courts to other jurisdictions wishing to learn more about domestic violence courts and open or enhance a specialized domestic violence court in their community. (November 20, 2013)
From the archives: New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman addresses the crowd at the opening of the Red Hook Community Justice Center in 2000. This year, the National Center for State Courts completed an evaluation of the Justice Center that shows it decreases recidivism, cuts down on the use of incarceration, and helps save millions of dollars each year. (November 13, 2013)
A crowd of over 200 gathers at the Morgan Library and Museum to celebrate the 20th anniversary celebration of the Midtown Community Court, the first court of its kind. Here, New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman reflects on the court's achievements. (October 23, 2013)
Save Our Streets (SOS) Crown Heights holds a shooting response on the corner of St. Marks Avenue and Schnectady Avenue in Brooklyn. SOS violence interrupters, youth organizers from Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (Y.O. SOS), and residents rallied together to show solidarity in the fight against gun violence. (October 17, 2013)
Members of the third cohort of the Harlem Justice Corps graduate at a ceremony held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The Justice Corps is an intensive career development and service program for justice-involved young men and women, ages 18-24, who are seeking employment, education services, and meaningful opportunities to serve their community. (October 10, 2013)
From the archives: A community restitution crew from the Midtown Community Court cleans up and repaints near Manhattan's Times Square. The Midtown Community Court--the first community court in the nation--sentences low-level offenders to pay back the neighborhood through meaningful community service, while at the same time offering them help with problems that often underlie criminal behavior. To celebrate 20 years of the Midtown Community Court, click here.
Youth court members and staff from the Harlem Community Justice Center march in the African American Day Parade. (Photo courtesy of Ernest Owens. September 18, 2013)
New members of the Youth Justice Board gather at their overnight retreat. Every year, new members of the program participate in the retreat to encourage bonding as a group and commitment to the program. (September 13, 2013)
Members of the Greenpoint Youth Court participate in a Global Interactive Dialogue at the United Nations in celebration of International Youth Day. The dialogue engaged with approximately 700 other youths from countries including Belgium, Brazil, India, Lebanon, and Nigeria. (August 21, 2013)
From the archives: Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance speaks at Times Square Ink's graduation ceremony in 2010. Times Square Ink is a job training and placement assistance program that connects low-income New Yorkers with the world of work, and is just one of many programs the Midtown Community Court has developed in its 20 years of operation. For more info on Midtown's 20th anniversary celebration on October 21, 2013, click here. (August 15, 2013)
The Red Hook Youth Court sets up a book give-away at Red Hook, Brooklyn's 19th annual National Night Out Against Crime. Hundreds of Red Hook residents joined the Red Hook Community Justice Center staff and officers from the 76th NYPD Precinct in Coffey Park to strengthen partnerships that make Red Hook a thriving community and to celebrate record-low crime levels. (August 8, 2013)
Save Our Streets Crown Heights (S.O.S.) holds its annual peace march through Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The march started 160 people and increased as the march made its way through the neighborhood, ending at a school yard with about 250 people walking and chanting together. (July 31, 2013)
Through the Brownsville Community Justice Center, the Brownsville Anti-Violence Project's Changing the Narrative Tour facilitates a forum for discussion and creativity in Brownsville schools and community spaces. At each of the seven stops on the tour, participants discuss the effects of gun and gang violence on that Brooklyn neighborhood. To date, the Changing the Narrative Tour has engaged over 120 young people who live or go to school in Brownsville. (July 25, 2013)
A youth works on a mural in a community garden in Brownsville, Brooklyn. This is just part of the Brownsville Community Justice Center's initiative to offer 254 young people from Brownsville paid opportunities in community restoration projects, internships, and the arts this year. (July 18, 2013)
Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott asks members of the Youth Justice Board a question after they present their report on truancy and chronic absenteeism. (June 25, 2013)
The Midtown Community Court holds a graduation celebration for its Fatherhood and Workforce Development programs at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), where fathers and their children create art together after going on a guided tour of the museum. (June 19, 2013)
Crowds gather at the BAC Gallery in Dumbo, Brooklyn for the opening of "14 Shades of Justice." The photography show comes from the JustArts: Photography program, a collaboration between the Brooklyn Arts Council and the Red Hook Community Justice Center, and is part of the Justice Center's JustArts Programming and Positive Youth Justice Initiative, which works to reframe the conversation about juvenile delinquency. (June 12, 2013)
At the New York City Innovative Nonprofit Awards, Center Director Greg Berman shakes hands with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The Center was among ten nonprofits honored for using data to fight poverty in innovative ways. (June 6, 2013)
The third annual Arts To End Violence festival opens in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. This year, over 150 people enjoyed 52 pieces of art at the festival, which is organized by the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center and Save Our Streets (SOS) Crown Heights, and which invites artists of all ages to create works of art featuring messages of peace, community, and nonviolence. (May 30, 2013)
The Staten Island Youth Justice Center joins a press conference held by New York City Council Members Debi Rose (Staten Island) and Jumaane D. Williams (Brooklyn) as they announce the launch of a new anti-violence initiative on Staten Island based on the Cure Violence model of gun violence prevention. The Staten Island Youth Justice Center will be one of the partners in the initiative. (May 23, 2013)
To clean up Orchard Beach, Bronx Community Solutions partners up with New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, GrowNYC, the U.S. Coast Guard, and others. (May 15, 2013)
In celebration of Law Day 2013, Bronx Community Solutions held a youth forum on injustice and discrimination. Here, a senior from the High School for Law, Government, and Justice poses a question to a panel that includes (from left) Judge Efrain Alvarado, Deputy Director of Bronx Defenders Seann Riley, Narcotics Bureau Chief Assistant District Attorney Julie De León, Detective Ford of the 41st Precinct, and Court Officer Perez of the Bronx Criminal Court.(5/8/13)
Each spring the Center organizes its annual Domestic Violence Court Open House for Office on Violence Against Women Court Training and Improvements Project grantees to come observe model domestic violence courts in New York City, as well as learn from experts on topics related to court planning and implementation. Here, Sujata Warrier of the New York State Office on the Prevention of Domestic Violence speaks about the importance of incorporating cultural competency into court practice. (May 1, 2013)
At the annual Save Our Streets (SOS) Crown Heights "Stop Shooting, Start Living" Talent Show, a Crown Heights, Brooklyn resident performs a solo. Over 80 singers, rappers, poets, and dancers played to a packed house of over 400 people at PS 289. (April 24, 2013)
The Brownsville Community Justice Center's Anti-Violence Project brings together more than 60 Brownsville residents, community leaders, clergy, and law enforcement for a luncheon at the Stone Avenue Library to share ideas about working together to reduce gang and gun violence in the neighborhood. (April 17, 2013)
Volunteers beautify Brownsville's Betsy Head Park. Overall, more than 60 volunteers from the Brownsville Community Justice Center, Teach for America, Brownsville Partnership, Xmental, and the New York Juvenile Justice Corps came together to give the pool house a fresh coat of paint, plant shrubs and trees in a new garden, and remove graffiti from a community mural. (April 10, 2013)
The Newark Youth Court teams up with local high school students to paint a mural at Newark Community Solutions on “transformation," working to depict how individuals and communities can change. (March 28, 2013)
To help post-Sandy Staten Island, the Center partners with the Manhattan District Attorney to organize community service clients from the Midtown Community Court and the downtown court in continuing cleanup efforts. With other volunteers, clients removed approximately four large dump trucks worth of trash from this wetland, helping to ensure that it continues to function as a natural barrier providing protection in future storms. (March 21, 2013)
A Youth Justice Board member describes her experience researching truancy and chronic absenteeism for a Columbia University Teachers College EdLab film series on innovative educational programming. To watch the video, click here. (March 13, 2013)
Bronx Community Solutions celebrates the opening of their new office space in the Bronx Criminal Court on March 1, 2013. Over fifty staffers, court personnel, judges, community partners, as well as the Bronx District Attorney attend the opening. (March 6, 2013)
At the open house for the new Save Our Streets (SOS) project in the South Bronx, visitors learn about how the SOS team is working to reduce gun violence. (February 27, 2013)
The Harlem Parole Reentry Court celebrates 53 graduates of the Harlem Community Justice Center's reentry programming. Pictured from left: Reentry Case Aid and former graduate Cramon Milline, Project Director Chris Watler, Judge Terry Saunders, and State Corrections Commissioner Brian Fischer, who told the crowd that he hoped to "work himself out of a job." (February 22, 2013)
At the first-ever Y.O. SOS (Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets) retreat, teens bond and plan their spring community organizing project, Arts to End Violence . (February 13, 2013)
Captain Jeffrey Schiff of the 76th Precinct leads large site visit of judges and other criminal justice professionals to the Red Hook Community Justice Center as part of the U.S. Latin American Judicial Exchange Program--a collaboration between the Vance Center for International Justice and the Justice Center of Americas. (February 6, 2013)
Save Our Streets (SOS) Crown Heights holds a peace march in Brooklyn. A new evaluation of SOS finds that the program, which is operated out of the Crown Heights Mediation Center, has helped decrease gun violence in the area. (January 30, 2013)
Red Hook Youth Court members are interviewed by Brooklyn's News Channel 12 about their participation in the MLK Day of Service. (January 24, 2012)
Staff from the Office of Court Administration, the Legal Aid Society, the Kings County District Attorney's Office, and the Center for Court Innovation hold hands in a closing ceremony of a Peacemaking Program information session. (January 16, 2013)
A member of the Harlem Justice Corps poses among props at the National Black Theatre, where the Justice Corps helped renovate and improve the theater space and common areas of the building. (January 3, 2013)
Members of the New York Juvenile Justice Corps survey South Bronx residents on their perceptions of public safety in their community as part of the planning for the Center's new Save Our Streets anti-gun violence project in the South Bronx. (December 12, 2012)
Navajo peacemakers train volunteers for the Peacemaking Program in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The new initiative will apply peacemaking to cases referred by the Red Hook Community Justice Center. (December 5, 2012)
At Midtown Community Court's Serving Fathers, Strengthening Families celebration, Times Square Ink/Dads United for Parenting graduate Willie Key (center) speaks with program coordinators Bo Twiggs (left) and Jonathan Monsalve (right, holding Mr. Key’s son). (November 21, 2012)
The Red Hook Community Justice Center holds its first staff meeting after Hurricane Sandy in Red Hook's Coffey Park in lieu of flooded Justice Center. (November 14, 2012)
To teach teachers about youth courts, the Greenpoint Youth Court holds a mock hearing at the first of two symposiums about using this peer-based approach to discipline in schools. (October 24, 2012)
Youth court members from the Red Hook Community Justice Center are interviewed by Channel 12 about the Brooklyn Youth Summit, where they promoted the Red Hook Youth Court and connected with New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, Green City Force, and the NYPD Explorers program. (October 17, 2012)
Prisoner Reentry Institute Director Ann Jacobs cuts the ribbon on the Harlem Justice Corps office. Part of the New York City Justice Corps initiative, the Harlem Justice Corps is an intensive career development and service program for justice-involved young adults. Jacobs is joined by Chris Watler, director of the Harlem Community Justice Center, Marta Nelson, executive director for the Center for Employment Opportunities in New York City, Reion Evans, coordinator at Literacy Partners Push Center Community Partnership, and a Corps member. (October 10, 2012)
In Newark, a community service field day started with a community service crew cleaning up Boys Park and ended with a series of field day events. Here, neighborhood kids enjoy games led by youth court members from Newark Community Solutions. (September 26, 2012)
New York Juvenile Justice Corps organized a service project in Red Hook to benefit local firemen and first responders affected by 9/11. Corps members spent the morning cleaning up a recently renovated 1800s firehouse, where Friends of Firefighters provides mental health and wellness services for active and retired firemen at no or low cost. (September 19, 2012)
New York City Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs, center, visits with staff of Save Our Streets Crown Heights at the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center to learn how the program works to reduce shootings and killings in the neighborhood. (September 12, 2012)
Members from Groundswell Community Mural Project and Brownsville Community Justice Center unveil a new mural at the Brownsville Student Farm Project, a community garden and teaching space in Brownsville. New York City Probation Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi speaks at the ceremony. (September 5, 2012)
Members from our youth courts across the city get together for a day of fun in Central Park. (August 30, 2012)
At National Night Out 2012, staff from Bronx Community Solutions, a local pastor, and a young artist, pose in front of photographs by local members of a community program that engages youth in arts-related projects. (August 8, 2012)
Valerie Raine (center), director of Drug Court Programs at the Center for Court Innovation, hosts a delegation from the Drug Demand Reduction Program at the U.S. Department of State, Mexico City at the Brooklyn Treatment Court: Jeffrey Zinsmeister, coordinator (left) and Nohemí Lira, program specialist (right). (August 1, 2012)
At the Youth Court Research Roundtable, Mike Rempel, research director at the Center, is seated beside former Chief Judge Kaye and is speaking to Michael Norton, research associate at Research for Action about evaluating youth courts in schools. The roundtable brought together researchers and practitioners to begin developing a research agenda to evaluate the impact of youth courts on important outcomes like recidivism, school success, and community safety. (July 25, 2012)
After a 3-hour game, the Red Hook baseball league's BYA Royals celebrate their win. In 2012, the Red Hook league celebrates 15 years of enhancing the lives of kids, coaches, and the Red Hook community. (July 11, 2012)
In celebration of Law Day, Bronx Community Solutions gave over 100 Bronx youth an opportunity to participate in discussions with court officers, attorneys, and judges. (May 16,2012)
At the 2012 National Domestic Violence Court Open House, at the Center for Court Innovation headquarters in New York City, Georgia Judge Berryl Anderson and her team map their court response to domestic violence. (May 9, 2012)
Adolescent diversion program participants from Bronx Community Solutions work with NYPD officers to remove graffiti in the 46th precinct. The adolescent diversion program is a new pilot initiative in the New York State Court System that works to improve the judicial response to 16- and 17-year-old offenders. (May 2, 2012)
A new collaboration between the Red Hook Community Justice Center and Groundswell Community Mural Project through which court-involved youth and other young people living in the community create a mural for the Justice Center's new Youth Justice Programs room. (April 18, 2012)
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