Problem-Solving Justice

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Reinvesting in Justice: What Comes Next?

Reinvesting in Justice: What Comes Next?

Justice practitioners gathered at the Dallas City Hall for a regional summit to explore criminal justice challenges and highlight innovative programs.

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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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Community Justice 2014 Draws International Audience

Community Justice 2014 Draws International Audience

Participants from more than 75 U.S. jurisdictions and 10 countries gathered in San Francisco for Community Justice 2014, an international summit on how to reduce crime and incarceration while improving public trust in justice.

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Community Justice 2012: The International Conference of Community Courts

Community Justice 2012: The International Conference of Community Courts

Community Justice 2012: The International Conference of Community Courts drew over 300 attendees from seven countries and 75 cities to learn about criminal justice reform strategies and research.

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Newark Celebrates Opening of Nation’s Newest Community Court

Newark Celebrates Opening of Nation’s Newest Community Court

Community and government leaders of Newark, N.J., celebrated the official opening today of Newark Community Solutions, an innovative justice project that applies a problem-solving approach to non-violent cases in the Newark Municipal Court. 

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Sample Documents

Below are a number of sample documents—everything from consent forms and intake assessments to program descriptions and brochures—used every day by problem-solving initiatives around the country. These may be helpful for your program as guides or templates. If your program uses a tool that might be helpful to include on this list, please email expertassistance@courtinnovation.org

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Problem-Solving Principles

The following principles embody the collective experience of thousands of practitioners working to test new ideas and address chronic problems in the field of problem-solving justice. Over time, these principles have found their way into problem-solving initiatives in both big cities and small towns, in initiatives that address low-level offending and more serious crimes, and in projects that work with first-time offenders and chronic recidivists returning from prison.

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The Bronx Defenders Seek to Promote Holistic Defense

By Elvita Dominique

With support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Bronx Defenders launched the Center for Holistic Defense in 2010. The Center for Holistic Defense has issued its first "request for proposals" (or RFP), which will allow it to help three jurisdictions in the development of a holistic defense practice.

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Atlanta, 2007: Second Annual Community Based Problem-Solving Criminal Justice Initiative Workshop

The second workshop for the Community Based Problem-Solving Criminal Justice Initiative was held in Atlanta on May 23 and 24, 2007. Here are some photos from the event.

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Defendant Perceptions of Fairness at the Red Hook Community Justice Center

By Somjen M. Frazer

In an effort to assess the impact of the Red Hook Community Justice Center on defendant perceptions of fairness, the Center for Court Innovation conducted a survey of nearly 400 misdemeanor defendants, who had their cases handled at either the Justice Center or a traditional, centralized criminal court. The goal was to evaluate the effects of court location (Red Hook or the traditional court), defendant background (race, ethnicity, sex and socioeconomic status), the outcome of their current court case (dismissed or required to return to court; required to attend drug treatment or not), and the stage of their case at the time of the survey (arraignment or subsequent court appearance).

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Problem-Solving Justice in New York

Problem-Solving Justice in New York

Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman gives keynote address at Fordham Law School symposium.

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Law School Courses in Problem-Solving Justice and Related Topics

Law School Courses in Problem-Solving Justice and Related Topics

As problem-solving innovation becomes more integrated into the way courts do business, law schools are beginning to offer courses examining problem-solving principles and practices. The Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators, among others, have urged law schools to include the principles and methods of problem-solving courts in their curricula. This article seeks to provide a short overview of current law school classes that touch on topics of problem-solving justice.

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Buffalo’s C.O.U.R.T.S. (Court Outreach Unit: Referral and Treatment Services) Program

For courts with limited resources that are interested in problem-solving, Buffalo (N.Y.) City Court offers an intriguing model. With no extra funds, in 1995 the court began to identify defendants’ social problems and link them to needed services. Today, Buffalo’s innovative C.O.U.R.T.S. (Court Outreach Unit: Referral and Treatment Services) program links together more than 130 community-based providers and makes more than 6,000 referrals a year.

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Participant and Staff Perspectives on Drug Courts

Participant and Staff Perspectives on Drug Courts

During spring and summer 2004, focus groups were conducted among the participants and court staff in three New York State drug courts. The research was designed to provide feedback about drug court operations and to assist programs by examining the extent to which participants and staff hold comparable views about various aspects of the drug court experience. In other words, do drug court participants and court staff see eye-to-eye?

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Applying the Problem-Solving Model Outside of Problem-Solving Courts

Applying the Problem-Solving Model Outside of Problem-Solving Courts

Should problem solving be encouraged in general courts? Some may object that elements of the problem solving court model are inconsistent with conventional court processes. There are also unresolved questions. What this research project makes clear, however, is that the potential exists for problem solving to be practiced both in specialized and conventional court settings.

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