Research

Annual Reports

Annual Report: 2014

Annual Report: 2014

Highlights of the Center for Court Innovation's accomplishments in 2014.

Publications

The Role of the Judge in Specialized Problem-Solving Courts: Balancing Individualized Justice and Predictability

The Role of the Judge in Specialized Problem-Solving Courts: Balancing Individualized Justice and Predictability

By Michael Rempel

This book chapter by the Center for Court Innovation's research director summarizes the research demonstrating that the problem-solving judicial role directly contributes to reduced criminal behavior among program participants. The chapter also discusses individualized justice (assessing and responding to the needs of each defendant) and predictability (using standardized tools and generating clear expectations). Available in Offender Release and Supervision: The Role of Courts and the Use of Discretion, ed. Martine Herzog-Evans. Oisterwijk, Netherlands: Wolf Legal Publishers. Click here for ordering information.

Audio

How Electronic Records Are Transforming The Justice System

How Electronic Records Are Transforming The Justice System

New York University Law School Professor James Jacobs, author of "The Eternal Criminal Record" (Harvard University Press), discusses the proliferation of electronic criminal records and the challenges they pose for a free society. (March 2015)

 

Articles

Poverty Justice Solutions

Initiated by New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, Poverty Justice Solutions is an effort to help low-income New Yorkers preserve their housing and prevent homelessness. The product of a unique public private partnership involving the Robin Hood Foundation, New York State Unified Court System, Center for Court Innovation, New York City Human Resources Administration, and civil legal service providers in New York City, Poverty Justice Solutions will seek to improve court outcomes by expanding the pool of attorneys available to represent low income New Yorkers in Housing Court.

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Video

The Neighbourhood Justice Centre: Helping tackle the underlying causes of crime

The Neighbourhood Justice Centre: Helping tackle the underlying causes of crime

This video was made by the Melbourne, Australia's Neighbourhood Justice Centre to explain how community courts helps solve local problems.  

Video

New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman: A Conversation at the Center for Court Innovation

New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman: A Conversation at the Center for Court Innovation

New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman visited the Center for Court Innovation in January 2015 for a one-on-one conversation with Greg Berman. Among many subjects, they talked about Lippman’s judicial philosophy, his long-standing interest in judicial reform, and what he’ll miss most about the job when he retires at the end of the year. This video offers highlights from that conversation. A longer edited transcript of the conversation is also available.

Publications

Moving the Mountains: A Conversation with New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman

Moving the Mountains: A Conversation with New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman

In January of 2015, New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman visited the Center for Court Innovation for a one-on-one conversation with Greg Berman. Topics ranged from the challenges of implementing justice reforms, managing fiscal crises, the value of strongly worded dissents, and how Judge Lippman likes to relax. This is an edited transcript of that wide-ranging conversation.

Publications

Domestic Violence Court Self-Assessment: Revisiting Goals, Challenges and Progress

Domestic Violence Court Self-Assessment: Revisiting Goals, Challenges and Progress

For communities that have established a specialized domestic violence court, a self-assessment is an opportunity to revisit the goals and objectives identified as part of the initial planning process.

Publications

Addressing Trauma in Violence Interrupter Programs

Addressing Trauma in Violence Interrupter Programs

Programs focused on reducing gun violence, particularly public health initiatives such as Save Our Streets Crown Heights, are in a unique position to address the trauma that many young men of color experience. This fact sheet outlines strategies for violence interrupter programs to use in addressing trauma among their participants.

Audio

Understanding Youth Violence: A Conversation with Dr. Joel Fein

Understanding Youth Violence: A Conversation with Dr. Joel Fein

At the kick-off summit for the Minority Youth Violence Prevention initiative, Dr. Joel Fein, a pediatrician and emergency medicine physician at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, discusses youth relationships with authority, family dynamics, and how trauma and stress affect the developing brain. (February 2015)



Interviews

Understanding Youth Violence: A Conversation with Dr. Joel Fein

Understanding Youth Violence: A Conversation with Dr. Joel Fein

At the kick-off summit for the Minority Youth Violence Prevention initiativeDr. Joel Fein, a pediatrician and emergency medicine physician at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, discusses youth relationships with authority, family dynamics, and how trauma and stress affect the developing brain. (February 2015)


Publications

Brooklyn Justice Intiatives

Brooklyn Justice Intiatives

This Brooklyn Justice Initiatives annual report outlines the first year of a supervised release program that aims to reduce pre-trial detention for misdemeanor defendants in Brooklyn, New York.

Articles

In Focus: Tracey L. Meares

In Focus: Tracey L. Meares

Yale Scholar Promotes Procedural Justice, Violence Prevention

Yale Law School professor Tracey L. Meares at the Community Justice 2014 summit in San Francisco.Yale Law School professor Tracey L. Meares at the Community Justice 2014 summit in San Francisco.Tracey L. Meares, Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law at Yale Law School, has written and lectured widely on crime prevention, procedural justice, and community capacity building, with an emphasis on empirical investigation.

She was instrumental in developing "Project Safe Neighborhoods," a groundbreaking empirical approach to violence reduction that was documented to curtail violence in Chicago.

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Articles

Near West Side Peacemaking Project: Where are we now

The Near Westside Initiative, a community-based neighborhood organization in Syracuse, New York, that promotes technology, entrepreneurship, and cultural revitalization, profiled the Near Westside Peacemaking Program in its February 2015 newsletter.  

Publications

A Process Evaluation of the Manhattan Mental Health Court

A Process Evaluation of the Manhattan Mental Health Court

By Erin Farley

This report presents the results from a process evaluation examining the first three and a half years of the Manhattan Mental Health Court, a specialized docket for offenders with mental illness established in March 2011. Results from a mixed-methods research design found that the largest portion of participants (40%) were charged with property-related offenses. Seventy-three percent of participants were diagnosed as suffering from more than one serious mental illness and 63% were diagnosed with a co-occurring substance abuse disorder. Among the participants who were no longer active by the conclusion of the evaluation period, 55 had successfully graduated.

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