Research

Publications

A Guide to Designing Effective Domestic Violence Training Programs

A Guide to Designing Effective Domestic Violence Training Programs

By Kathryn Ford and Kate Wurmfeld

This training tip sheet is designed for court administrators, managers, judges, advocates, and other practitioners looking to enhance court and community responses to domestic violence from judicial and non-judicial personnel. It is intended to promote consistency and best practices in training and guide jurisdictions in thinking about effective training strategies.

Publications

The Allegheny County Sex Offense Court: Using Evidence-Based Practices to Increase Accountability and Safety

The Allegheny County Sex Offense Court: Using Evidence-Based Practices to Increase Accountability and Safety

By Rebecca Thomforde Hauser

This monograph summarizes what justice-system practitioners can learn from the growing body of research into effective ways to manage sex offenders and incorporate evidence-based best practices such as procedural fairness, risk and need assessments, and deterrence. As part of that summary, the paper offers an in-depth profile of the Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania’s Sex Offender Court. Located in Allegheny County, Pa., which includes the City of Pittsburgh, the specialized court has been in operation since 2011. Working with its partners, the court has created a response to sex offenses that enhances both victim safety and offender accountability.

Audio

Improving Access to Civil Justice: A Conversation with Jordan Dressler

Improving Access to Civil Justice: A Conversation with Jordan Dressler

By Robert V. Wolf and Ignacio Jaureguilorda

Jordan Dressler, the director of the recently created New York City Office of Civil Justice, discusses Mayor Bill de Blasio's ambitious five-year plan to provide free or low-cost legal assistance to every low-income New Yorker facing eviction, deportation, or other potentially life-altering civil proceedings. The interview focuses in detail on the benefits this guarantee is expected to have on tenants confronting landlords in Housing Court (the latter almost always represented by lawyers).

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Video

An Introduction to Project Reset

An Introduction to Project Reset

This video provides a short and engaging introduction to Project Reset, our program providing meaningful diversion opportunities for 16- and 17-year-olds in New York City arrested for the first time for a low-level, non-violent crime. Successful participants will never set foot in a courtroom and will have no criminal record. The video explains the requirements of the program, the opportunity to be connected with voluntary services, and the criteria for eligibility.

Publications

Procedural Justice in Action

Procedural Justice in Action

Produced in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this handout for criminal justice professionals outlines a series of strategies for implementing and enhancing procedural justice: promoting perceptions of fairness and increasing compliance with court orders and the law.

Publications

Integrating Procedural Justice in Domestic Violence Cases: A Practice Guide

Integrating Procedural Justice in Domestic Violence Cases: A Practice Guide

By Danielle Malangone

This guide is designed to help courts and domestic violence stakeholders assess their current practices and integrate new strategies to enhance procedural justice. The materials in this guide are based upon promising practices identified through both the Center for Court Innovation’s operating programs and national training and technical assistance.

Publications

Teleservices: Happening Now! Using Technology to Enhance Drug Treatment Courts

Teleservices: Happening Now! Using Technology to Enhance Drug Treatment Courts

This fact sheet details the implementation of innovative teleservices programs in seven jurisdictions around the country. Teleservices refers to the use of communications technology, remote drug testing, web-based training, and other cutting-edge technologies to enhance the way treatment courts operate. The jurisdictions featured in this publication use teleservices to increase treatment court capacity, overcome treatment barriers, supervise participants, and provide training for staff. By demonstrating the effectiveness of teleservices in practice, these jurisdictions are setting an example for other courts to follow.

Publications

Working Together: Lessons for Prosecutors and Researchers from Four Smart Prosecution Sites

Working Together: Lessons for Prosecutors and Researchers from Four Smart Prosecution Sites

This brief outlines successful prosecutor-researcher collaborations and offers ideas to improve the working relationships of prosecutors and researchers. It was written by the Center for Court Innovation in collaboration with the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Publications

Breaking Barriers: Enhancing Responses in Veterans Treatment Courts and Domestic Violence Courts

Breaking Barriers: Enhancing Responses in Veterans Treatment Courts and Domestic Violence Courts

This document features information about the respective court models as well as recommendations for how veterans treatment courts & domestic violence courts can improve their response to domestic violence through reducing information gaps.​

Video

Behind the Scenes of the Lippman Commission: A Panel Discussion

Behind the Scenes of the Lippman Commission: A Panel Discussion

In April 2017, the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform (also known as the Lippman Commission) unveiled its vision for closing the Rikers Island jail facility, including a series of reforms to cut the city's jail population in half in coming years. The Center coordinated a multi-agency team to staff the commission and produce its final report (see here for more on the Center's role). This video offers highlights of a panel discussion among members of the commission's staff who explain how the 27 members of the commission developed their groundbreaking recommendations.

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Publications

Domestic Violence Risk Factor Guide: An Implementation Manual for Civil Courts

Domestic Violence Risk Factor Guide: An Implementation Manual for Civil Courts

The goal of this guide is to increase the capacity of civil judges and self-represented litigants to identify and respond to domestic violence risk factors in civil protective order hearings. With funding from the State Justice Institute, the Center has created three risk factor guide templates and an Implementation Manual. These address the need for self-represented litigants to have a tool outlining the domestic violence risk factors and legal remedies available to them through the civil protective order process, along with the need for judges to have clearly articulated risk factors linked to legal sanctions, conditions, and mandates.

Publications

Homeless Not Hopeless: A Report on Homeless Youth and the Justice System in New York City

Homeless Not Hopeless: A Report on Homeless Youth and the Justice System in New York City

By Members of the Youth Justice Board

This report presents the findings and recommendations of the Youth Justice Board, a youth leadership program that gives teenagers an opportunity to inform public debate about issues that affect them. During the 2016-17 school year, members examined the intersection between youth homelessness and the justice system in New York City in order to identify opportunities to better support homeless youth, reduce their interactions with the justice system, and prevent homelessness in the future. Recommendations in the report include policy changes to improve diversion programs and access to housing for homeless youth, and to increase support for LGBTQ youth in foster care.

Publications

Fact Sheet: Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: A Checklist for Justice-System Practitioners

Fact Sheet: Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: A Checklist for Justice-System Practitioners

Directed at justice-system practitioners and agencies and others working with victims and offenders, this fact sheet provides answers to some of the most common and salient questions about intimate partner sexual abuse. It also includes a series of concrete recommendations to aid the justice system in identifying and responding to the abuse in order to better support the safety and healing of victims and to hold offenders accountable. This fact sheet is a companion piece to our previous publication designed for victim advocates, 'Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: A Guide for Listening and Responding to Survivors,' undertaken in collaboration with Safe Horizon.

Video

Harlem Parole Reentry Court: A Graduation

Harlem Parole Reentry Court: A Graduation

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., and Judge Verna Saunders of the Harlem Community Justice Center celebrate the return to the community of participants in the Harlem Parole Reentry Court. In their remarks at a ceremony for program graduates, the speakers also highlight the value of reentry programs in helping the formerly incarcerated make successful transitions from prison to freedom.

Interviews

Improving Access to Justice in Housing Court: A Conversation with Jordan Dressler

Improving Access to Justice in Housing Court: A Conversation with Jordan Dressler

Jordan Dressler, the director of the recently created New York City Office of Civil Justice, discusses Mayor Bill de Blasio's ambitious five-year plan to provide free or low-cost legal assistance to every low-income New Yorker facing eviction, deportation, or other potentially life-altering civil proceedings. The interview focuses in detail on the benefits this guarantee is expected to have on tenants confronting landlords in Housing Court (the latter almost always represented by lawyers). Hosting this episode of New Thinking are Ignacio Jaureguilorda, director of Poverty Justice Solutions, our program that seeks to close the justice gap in Housing Court, and Robert V. Wolf, the Center's director of communications.

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