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Jail in New York City: Evidence-Based Opportunities for Reform

Jail in New York City: Evidence-Based Opportunities for Reform

Based on an extensive analysis of New York City data, this report suggests the city’s jail population can be significantly reduced, a move that would also cut costs substantially. To identify ways to safely reduce the use of jail, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice commissioned research on the path of criminal cases from arrest through bail decisions to sentencing. Among the report’s findings:

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FACT SHEET: Jail in New York City: Evidence-Based Opportunities for Reform

FACT SHEET: Jail in New York City: Evidence-Based Opportunities for Reform

To identify ways to safely reduce the use of jail, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice commissioned research on the path from arrest through bail to sentencing. The research also examined how much taxpayers spend on incarceration.

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Reducing New York City's Jail Population

Reducing New York City's Jail Population

New York City's incarceration rates have been dropping steadily, but a new report from the Center for Court Innovation, in collaboration with the Vera Institute of Justice, suggests the city’s jail population can still be brought significantly lower. The report looks in detail at key decision-points along the path from arrest through bail to sentencing and makes concrete suggestions for how to improve the system, especially for those defendants detained awaiting trial. In this New Thinking podcast, Matthew Watkins speaks with Michael Rempel, the report's lead author and the Center's research director.

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Annual Reports

Annual Report: 2016

Annual Report: 2016

Highlights of the Center for Court Innovation's accomplishments in 2016.

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In Conversation with Judge Jean Schneider

In Conversation with Judge Jean Schneider

In November 2016, Poverty Justice Solutions fellows sat down with New York City Housing Court Supervising Judge Jean Schneider for a roundtable discussion on changes underway in housing court. Judge Schneider commented on the growing number of tenants with legal representation, as well as the importance of procedural reforms for promoting access to justice. As a former legal services lawyer, Judge Schneider also offered her perspective on tenant advocacy and the arc of her own career. This document excerpts some of the highlights of the conversation.

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Fact Sheet: Statewide Strategic Planning for Problem-Solving Courts

Fact Sheet: Statewide Strategic Planning for Problem-Solving Courts

Aimed at statewide problem-solving court systems, this fact sheet addresses the importance of strategic planning for goals such as the creation of performance standards, the efficient allocation of resources, and the development of statewide training programs. It also outlines how the Center for Court Innovation’s guided strategic planning process can help strengthen problem-solving court operations.

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Strategies for Enhancing Drug Court Capacity

Strategies for Enhancing Drug Court Capacity

This webinar discusses strategies for enhancing drug court capacity, meaning getting more of your target population into drug court. Strategies include universal screening and assessment, arrest data analysis to reduce racial disparities, and case “portability” (transferring cases to a jurisdiction with a drug court).

 

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A Day at Puyallup GREAT Camp

A Day at Puyallup GREAT Camp

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians created the GREAT Program to intervene with gang-involved youth, create a safer school climate, and provide pro-social gang prevention activities to community youth. In addition to the in-class curriculum, the program provides camp opportunities for youth to participate in throughout the year. This video follows youth, teachers, officers, staff and elders through their summer camp experience, where they share stories on how the program has impacted their lives.

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Adapting Deterrence Strategies for Domestic Violence Offenders

Adapting Deterrence Strategies for Domestic Violence Offenders

By Rebecca Thomforde Hauser and Nida Abbasi

Recent research has uncovered promising strategies for deterring recidivism among domestic violence offenders. Courts across various jurisdictions promote effective deterrence by engaging in evidence-based strategies such as judicial monitoring and imposing certain and consistent consequences in response to non-compliance. This fact sheet describes the concept of deterrence and how it can be implemented in domestic violence cases to enhance victim safety and hold offenders accountable

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Problem-Solving in L.A.: Multiple Issues, One Collaborative Court

Problem-Solving in L.A.: Multiple Issues, One Collaborative Court

In this New Thinking podcast, Judge Marcelita Haynes of the Los Angeles Superior Court talks with Matthew Watkins about Community Collaborative Courts, the county's new approach to problem-solving justice. Judge Haynes says the courts look for long-term solutions to a range of problems—from mental health issues to homelessness—that can fuel repeat offending.

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Can Restorative Practices Address Intimate Partner Violence? Summary of a Roundtable Discussion

Can Restorative Practices Address Intimate Partner Violence? Summary of a Roundtable Discussion

By Erika Sasson

In May 2016, victim advocates, restorative justice practitioners, tribal peacemakers, prosecutors, federal policymakers, and others came together in Santa Fe, N.M., to discuss whether and how restorative practices could be used to safely and effectively respond to intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and dating violence. This document synthesizes a complex discussion into a series of themes for future reflection and planning around the issues raised. The national roundtable was convened by the Center for Court Innovation and the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and was sponsored by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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The Intelligence-Driven Prosecution Model: A Case Study in the New York County District Attorney's Office

The Intelligence-Driven Prosecution Model: A Case Study in the New York County District Attorney's Office

By Jennifer A. Tallon, Dana Kralstein, Erin Farley and Michael Rempel

This report presents the findings from an evaluation of the Intelligence-Driven Prosecution Model, implemented in 2010 by the New York County District Attorney’s Office. The model relies on the Crime Strategies Unit which uses intelligence and technology to understand the people, places, and problems driving crime in order to improve prosecutorial decision-making. Evaluation results suggest the model produces intelligence influencing prosecutorial decisions such as whether—and for how much—bail was set, charge severity at disposition, and sentence type and length.

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Can Restorative Practices Address Intimate Partner Violence?

Can Restorative Practices Address Intimate Partner Violence?

This monograph explores whether and how restorative practices might be safe and effective as a response to intimate partner violence and provides practitioners with a series of questions to assist in developing key policies and principles for these interventions.

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Peacemaking Programs

Peacemaking Programs

This fact sheet provides an overview of the Center for Court Innovation’s Peacemaking Programs in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and Syracuse, N.Y. Peacemaking, inspired by a traditional Native American approach to justice, focuses on resolving disputes, restoring balance, and healing relationships among those affected by conflict and crime.

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 The Center for Court Innovation: 20 Years of Justice Reform

The Center for Court Innovation: 20 Years of Justice Reform

As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, the Center for Court Innovation created this video in which staff take a moment to reflect on the Center’s history, how the Center has changed over the years, and some of their proudest moments on the job.

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