Brownsville Community Justice Center

Publications

Advancing Community Justice: The Challenge of Brownsville, Brooklyn

Advancing Community Justice: The Challenge of Brownsville, Brooklyn

By Greg Berman

This monograph starts with a question: What can we do differently to enhance public safety, reduce the use of incarceration, and improve public perceptions of justice in a Brooklyn neighborhood that experiences both high crime and high rates of incarceration? The paper provides answers by looking at new reforms (including place-based interventions, procedural justice and new strategies for crime prevention) that have the potential to reduce offending, reengineer the relationship between the justice system and the public, and help activate a neighborhood’s capacity to help produce safety for itself.

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Alternatives to Incarceration: The New York Story

Alternatives to Incarceration: The New York Story

In this article from the Winter 2014 issue of the Government, Law, and Policy Journal of the New York Bar Association, Greg Berman and Robert V. Wolf examine the wide range of alternative-to-incarceration initiatives being pioneered by the New York State courts.

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An Outsider's Perspective on an Inside Job

An Outsider's Perspective on an Inside Job

New York City Commissioner of Probation Vincent N. Schiraldi, who previously ran the juvenile justice system in Washington D.C., describes his journey from gadfly to government insider and the reforms he's been implementing along the way.

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Community Perceptions of Brownsville: A Survey of Neighborhood Quality of Life, Safety, and Services

Community Perceptions of Brownsville: A Survey of Neighborhood Quality of Life, Safety, and Services

By Suvi Hynynen Lambson

The results of a 2010 community survey in Brownsville, Brooklyn focusing on perceptions of neighborhood quality of life, youth issues, public safety, and criminal justice agencies.

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Department of Justice Supports Brooklyn Anti-Violence Project

Department of Justice Supports Brooklyn Anti-Violence Project

The Brownsville Anti-Violence Project receives support from the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance.

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Deterrence and Legitimacy in Brownsville, Brooklyn: A Process Evaluation of the Brownsville Anti-Violence Project

Deterrence and Legitimacy in Brownsville, Brooklyn: A Process Evaluation of the Brownsville Anti-Violence Project

By Sarah Picard-Fritsche, Rachel Swaner and Suvi Hynynen Lambson

This report documents a gun violence prevention program and finds high levels of cynicism regarding the fairness and effectiveness of the justice system among residents of the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn.

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Gentrifying Brownsville: Changes in Brooklyn ’hood Come from Within

Gentrifying Brownsville: Changes in Brooklyn ’hood Come from Within

Al Jazeera America reports on the evolution of Brownsville, Brooklyn, highlighting the Brownsville Community Justice Center's Belmont Revitalization Project

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In Age Of Black Lives Matter, 3 Young Black Men Share Their Fears — And Hopes

In Age Of Black Lives Matter, 3 Young Black Men Share Their Fears — And Hopes

NPR profiles 3 young participants of the Brownsville Community Justice Center, who share their stories and talk about the issues facing Brownsville today. 

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Looking Forward: Youth Perspectives on Reducing Crime in Brownsville and Beyond

Looking Forward: Youth Perspectives on Reducing Crime in Brownsville and Beyond

By Members of the Youth Justice Board

This report presents the findings and recommendations of the Youth Justice Board. Since August 2010, the Youth Justice Board has focused on reducing youth crime in New York City using the neighborhood of Brownsville, Brooklyn as a case study.

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Officials Announce Funding for the Brownsville Anti-Violence Project

Officials Announce Funding for the Brownsville Anti-Violence Project

A multi-faceted partnership to lower violence in one of Brooklyn’s most beleaguered neighborhoods gets a major boost with the announcement of $599,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice. Among those speaking at a press conference to announce the grant are Denise E. O’Donnell, director of the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta E. Lynch, and Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes. September 2012

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Talking It Through: A Teen-Police Dialogue

Talking It Through: A Teen-Police Dialogue

Relationships between police officers and young people are often challenging and unfriendly. One way to reduce tension and increase respect is to bring these two groups together in conversation to speak honestly and learn more about their different perspectives.

The Youth Justice Board, an after school program operated by the Center for Court Innovation that gives young people the opportunity to be advocates for their peers, created this video Talking It Through: A Teen-Police Dialogue, which shows how positive communication can build stronger, friendlier relationships between police officers and young people.  

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The Belmont Revitalization Project: Reimagining an Avenue

The Belmont Revitalization Project: Reimagining an Avenue

BROOKLYN, N.Y., July 20, 2015 —The Belmont Revitalization Project is one of many initiatives being led by the Brownsville Community Justice Center, which seeks to transform the justice system in Brownsville, reduce crime and incarceration, and strengthen public trust in justice by providing alternatives to incarceration and creating opportunities for diversion for youth and community members who come into contact with the law.

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The Brownsville Anti-Violence Project: Evaluation Findings

The Brownsville Anti-Violence Project: Evaluation Findings

By Elise Jensen, Rachel Swaner, Sarah Picard-Fritsche and Suvi Hynynen Lambson

This report presents findings from an evaluation of the Brownsville Anti-Violence Project. The project was designed to reduce gun violence through focused deterrence aimed at high-risk parolees and their community networks, paired with efforts to present the justice system as fair and legitimate. Findings revealed that those exposed to such programming were less likely to report carrying, owning, or using a gun and more likely to view law enforcement as legitimate. However, a separate impact evaluation, summarized in the report, found the Project had no significant effect on rates of violent crime in Brownsville. Implications for gun violence prevention and research are discussed.

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