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Prosecutors Explore New Solutions to Public Safety Concerns: A Conversation about the 'Smart Prosecution Initiative'

Prosecutors Explore New Solutions to Public Safety Concerns: A Conversation about the 'Smart Prosecution Initiative'

The Bureau of Justice Assistance at U.S. Department of Justice created the Smart Prosecution Initiative to encourage prosecutors to explore new solutions to public safety problems. Grant recipients work with researchers to document outcomes and develop effective, economical, and innovative responses to crime. In this podcast, Denise O'Donnell, the director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, sits down with Jose Egurbide of the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office and Mark Kammerer

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Reducing Violence Through Media Training and Cultural Awareness

Reducing Violence Through Media Training and Cultural Awareness

This podcast is part of a series highlighting innovative approaches to reducing violence and improving health outcomes among at-risk minority youth at the nine demonstration sites of the Minority Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. One of these demonstrations sites is the Stand Up Participate program in Hennepin County, Minnesota, an initiative led by the community-based organization Asian Media Access, Inc. in partnership with local public health, law enforcement agencies, and other community-based groups that seeks to reduce youth violence by helping young people acquire skills for self-sufficiency, improve self-esteem, and develop cultural pride.

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Sustainability Strategies for Youth Advisory Boards: A Podcast on Youth Engagement

Sustainability Strategies for Youth Advisory Boards: A Podcast on Youth Engagement

This podcast presents highlights from Sustainable Strategies, a one-day event organized by the Center for Court Innovation and Coro New York Leadership Center in September 2015. Representatives from 11 organizations discussed successes, challenges, and strategies used to meaningfully engage young people and elevate their voices in policy discussions through youth advisory boards. Members of youth justice boards also shared their experiences and insights with the group. 

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Sustainability Strategies for Youth Advisory Boards: A Symposium on Youth Engagement

Sustainability Strategies for Youth Advisory Boards: A Symposium on Youth Engagement

By Linda Baird

This paper highlights key takeaways from Sustainable Strategies, a one-day event organized by the Center for Court Innovation and Coro New York Leadership Center in September 2015. The event brought together facilitators and conveners of youth advisory boards across New York City, and focussed on the role of youth-led policy programs in spearheading important changes in the city. Representatives from 11 organizations discussed successes, challenges, and strategies used to meaningfully engage young people and elevate their voices in policy discussions through youth advisory boards.

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Implementing Evidence Based Assessment and Treatment Matching: A Feasibility and Impact Study in Three New York City Drug Courts

Implementing Evidence Based Assessment and Treatment Matching: A Feasibility and Impact Study in Three New York City Drug Courts

By Sarah Picard-Fritsche, Michael Rempel, Warren A. Reich, Erin Farley and Ashmini G. Kerodal

This report presents an overview of the feasibility and impact of introducing evidence-based risk assessment and treatment-matching protocols into three established New York City drug courts. For this purpose, researchers used the Texas Christian University Drug Screen and the Level of Service Inventory-Revised assessment. Findings suggest that the LSI-R is a valid predictor of recidivism in the drug court population. The results also suggest that treatment-matching protocols that utilize LSI-R risk scores can outperform clinical judgment alone in matching drug court participants to appropriate treatment modalities that will address their needs and reduce recidivism. 

Drawing on the same study, a focused analysis of the negative effects of intensive treatment on low-risk drug court participants was recently published in the Journal of Drug Issues.

 

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Assessment and Treatment Matching: A Case Study of Traditional Practices in Three New York City Drug Courts

Assessment and Treatment Matching: A Case Study of Traditional Practices in Three New York City Drug Courts

By Erin Farley, Michael Rempel and Sarah Picard-Fritsche

The findings in this report are based on an analysis of two years of clinical assessment and treatment placement data in three established New York City drug courts. Findings suggest that case management staff in these courts regularly completed a lengthy bio-psychosocial assessment of each participant, but ultimately relied on a small number of factors related to current and past drug use, social support, employment, and residential stability when making treatment planning decisions. Further, treatment planning decisions were broadly informed by a desire to place drug court participants in the “least restrictive” treatment setting as an initial modality.

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A Trauma-informed Approach to Reducing Youth Violence

A Trauma-informed Approach to Reducing Youth Violence

This podcast is part of a series highlighting innovative approaches to reducing violence and improving health outcomes among at-risk minority youth at the nine demonstration sites of the Minority Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. One of these demonstrations sites is the Children in Trauma Intervention, or CITI, program in Cincinnati, an anti-violence initiative led by the Cincinnati Police Department’s Youth Services Unit in partnership with the Cincinnati Health Department, Cincinnati Public Schools, and Hamilton County Juvenile Court that seeks to reduce violence and youth involvement in the juvenile justice system through a mentorship program that pairs police officers with youth. 

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Rethinking Reentry: How One Reentry Partnership is Changing Lives in Harlem

Rethinking Reentry: How One Reentry Partnership is Changing Lives in Harlem

The Harlem Community Justice Center, with the generous support of the J.C Flowers Foundation, participates in the Circles of Support Initiative, which brings together the faith community and formerly incarcerated leaders to support men and women returning home from prison. This video highlights a Circles of Support partnership between the Justice Center’s evidence-based Reentry Court and the Church of the Heavenly Rest. The program assists participants on parole who are seeking employment.

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Commitment to Extremist Ideology: Using Factor Analysis to Move beyond Binary Measures of Extremism

By Ashmini G. Kerodal, Joshua D. Freilich and Steven M. Chermak

Using data from the United States Extremist Crime Database, the study identifies four subtypes of far-right extremists: Conspiracy Theorist, Survivalist, Proud Far-Rightist, and Movement Participant. The paper further assesses which components of far-right extremist ideology are most related to criminal behavior. Findings reveal distinct beliefs associated with financial (conspiratorial, anti-government, anti-tax beliefs) as opposed to violent (xenophobic, survivalist, anti-gun control beliefs) crime. Published in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 39: 7-8 (2016).

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Medication Assisted Treatment in Drug Courts: Recommended Strategies

Medication Assisted Treatment in Drug Courts: Recommended Strategies

This report from the Legal Action Center and the Center for Court Innovation explores the principles of medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction and offers strategies for drug court practioners seeking to incorporate MAT into their practice.

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San Francisco Community Justice Center: Anniversary Video

This video -- Community Justice Center Changed My Life -- was prepared for the Justice Center's fifth anniversary celebration in 2014.

Community Justice Center Changed My Life

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The Windham County Integrated Domestic Violence Docket

The Windham County Integrated Domestic Violence Docket

By Amanda Cissner, Rebecca Thomforde Hauser and Nida Abbasi

The Windham County Integrated Domestic Violence Docket in Vermont is only the second such court in the state. This process evaluation includes an overview of the court planning process and operations, including goals and key principles, and a summary of stakeholder insights as they pertain to each of the key principles. The report concludes with recommendations both to enhance the court and to assist other jurisdictions wishing to adopt an integrated approach to addressing domestic violence. In particular, the project's use of universal, free legal counsel in civil proceedings, on-site mental health and substance abuse services, and enhanced courthouse safety provisions are highlighted as promising practices.

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British Columbia, Canada: Specialized Courts Strategy

This strategy for specialized courts in the province of British Columbia establishes a structured approach for current and future problem-solving courts.

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/law-crime-and-justice/about-bc-justice-system/justice-reform-initiatives/specialized-courts-strategy.pdf

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Vancouver's Downtown Community Court -- "Views from the Bench" blog

A blog containing news, events and commentary from the Downtown Community Court and its partners.

http://www.dccconnector.com/

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