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Foundations Can Support Justice Reform, If You Know How to Ask: A Conversation with James Lewis

Foundations Can Support Justice Reform, If You Know How to Ask: A Conversation with James Lewis

Private foundations are an overlooked resource for innovative justice programs.  James H. Lewis, senior program officer and director of research and evaluation at the Chicago Community Trust, offers insight into how foundations make funding decisions and shares tips for attracting foundation investments in justice programs. The interview was conducted by the Center for Court Innovation's Director of Communications Robert V. Wolf at Community Justice 2016, where Lewis participated in a panel on "Funding Change."

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10 Years of Community Justice in Melbourne, Australia: An Interview with Kerry Walker

10 Years of Community Justice in Melbourne, Australia: An Interview with Kerry Walker

In this New Thinking podcast, Kerry Walker, director of the Neighbourhood Justice Centre in Melbourne, Australia, describes some of the ways the Justice Centre engages the community, all with the long-term goal of promoting the rule of law and a “civil, caring society.” She reflects on lessons learned as the Justice Centre approaches its 10th anniversary, including, “Never act alone [but] only … in partnership.” The podcast concludes with a discussion of ways the Justice Centre is using technology to promote safety and make the court more user-friendly.  The interview took place while Walker was in Chicago to attend Community Justice 2016.

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‘An Open and Inviting Court’: Judge Joe Perez of the Orange County Community Court Talks Procedural Justice

‘An Open and Inviting Court’: Judge Joe Perez of the Orange County Community Court Talks Procedural Justice

Joe Perez, the presiding judge of the Orange County Community Court, discusses how the principles of procedural justice inform both design and process in his courthouse. Perez is a lifelong resident of Orange County whose father was the first Spanish-speaking attorney and judge in the county. The interview with Robert V. Wolf, director of communications at the Center for Court Innovation, took place while Judge Perez was in Chicago to speak at Community Justice 2016. Wolf interviewed Judge Perez’s predecessor and the founding judge of the Orange County Community Court, Wendy Lindley, in 2008.

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'A Social Worker With a Robe': Judge Joe Perez of the Orange County Community Court

'A Social Worker With a Robe': Judge Joe Perez of the Orange County Community Court

In this podcast recorded at the Courts, Community Engagement, and Innovative Practices in a Changing Landscape symposium held in Anaheim in December 2015, Judge Joe Perez of the Orange County Community Court discusses his work in Orange County and how community justice can change lives.

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Q&A: Greg Berman

Q&A: Greg Berman

 This interview with Andrew Denney originally appeared in the New York Law Journal on October 23, 2015.

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 'Invest in Your Participants': Deborah Barrows of Community Partners in Action

'Invest in Your Participants': Deborah Barrows of Community Partners in Action

On any given day, the Hartford Community Court sentences 35 to 40 people to perform community restitution as part of their sentences. Deborah Barrows has helped create the court's robust community service program by harnessing relationships developed during her long career, including 28 years with the Hartford Police Department. In this New Thinking podcast, which was recorded at Community Justice 2016, Barrows discusses how to build community partnerships, the importance of treating program participants with respect, and how she helped launch "Footwear with Care," an initiative that provides free shoes to participants in need.

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'Invest in Your Participants': Deborah Barrows of Community Partners in Action

'Invest in Your Participants': Deborah Barrows of Community Partners in Action

On any given day, the Hartford Community Court sentences 35 to 40 people to perform community restitution as part of their sentences. Deborah Barrows has helped create the court's robust community service program by harnessing relationships developed during her long career, including 28 years with the Hartford Police Department. In this New Thinking podcast, which was recorded at Community Justice 2016, Barrows discusses how to build community partnerships, the importance of treating program participants with respect, and how she helped launch "Footwear with Care," an initiative that provides free shoes to participants in need.

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Deploying Public Health Strategies to Address Drug Addiction

Deploying Public Health Strategies to Address Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is fundamentally a public health issue, says Michael Botticelli, acting director of National Drug Control Policy, in this New Thinking podcast.

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Thoughtful Implementation is Essential for Evidence-based Practices to Succeed

Thoughtful Implementation is Essential for Evidence-based Practices to Succeed

Professor Edward J. Latessa, director of the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati, discusses the importance of evidence-based practices and the challenges of implementing reform. (April 2014)

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After 5 Years, the San Francisco Community Justice Center Continues to Adapt

After 5 Years, the San Francisco Community Justice Center Continues to Adapt

Judge Braden C. Woods of the San Francisco Community Justice Center discusses the practical implications of expanding the court's caseload to include low-level felonies, and he reflects on his first year on the job. (April 2014)

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Evidence-based Practices, Reducing Unnecessary Incarceration are Priorities for Bureau of Justice Assistance

Evidence-based Practices, Reducing Unnecessary Incarceration are Priorities for Bureau of Justice Assistance

Denise O'Donnell, director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, discusses the Bureau's strategic mission and holistic approach to justice reform. She also outlines the Bureau's new suite of Smart on Crime programs.

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Community Court in Brooklyn Lowers Recidivism, Researchers Find

Community Court in Brooklyn Lowers Recidivism, Researchers Find

Cynthia G. Lee and David B. Rottman, researchers from the National Center for State Courts, discuss some of the key findings in their new report, A Community Court Grows in Brooklyn: A Comprehensive Evaluation of the Red Hook Community Justice Center.

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Welcome to Problem Solving: Kelly O'Neill Levy Embraces Her New Assignment as Presiding Judge of the Harlem Community Justice Center

Welcome to Problem Solving: Kelly O'Neill Levy Embraces Her New Assignment as Presiding Judge of the Harlem Community Justice Center

Acting Supreme Court Judge Kelly O'Neill Levy discusses her transition from Bronx Family Court to the Harlem Community Justice Center, where she applies problem-solving strategies to both family and housing cases. May 2013

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Recalling 1993: Midtown Community Court

Recalling 1993: Midtown Community Court

Jeff Hobbs, deputy director of the Midtown Community Court, remembers crime-ridden midtown Manhattan in 1993 and describes the start of the Midtown Community Court, an experimental project that sought to remedy the rampant quality-of-life crime in the area. "1993 was a terrible time," Hobbs recalls, "a time when crime was not cloaked under darkness but in broad daylight." 

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Studying Reentry: A Conversation about Research and Reentry Courts

Studying Reentry: A Conversation about Research and Reentry Courts

Christine H. Lindquist, a senior research sociologist at RTI International, talks about reentry courts, recidivism, and what she's learned so far from a multi-year study of eight diverse initiatives. April 2013

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