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Effective Court Communication: Assessing the  Need for Language Access Services for Limited  English Proficient Litigants in Domestic Violence,  Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, and Stalking Cases

Effective Court Communication: Assessing the Need for Language Access Services for Limited English Proficient Litigants in Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, and Stalking Cases

Ensuring meaningful access to justice for Limited English Proficient (LEP) litigants is an essential responsibility of the justice system. To gauge the status of language access services for litigants in domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking cases, the Center for Court Innovation and the National Center for State Courts conducted a needs assessment of courts, government agencies, and community-based organizations in the fall of 2013. This report outlines the findings and makes recommendations for strengthening language access.

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'Evidence-based Practices for Community Corrections': San Diego County Chief Probation Officer Mack Jenkins

'Evidence-based Practices for Community Corrections': San Diego County Chief Probation Officer Mack Jenkins

In this podcast recorded at the Courts, Community Engagement, and Innovative Practices in a Changing Landscape symposium held in Anaheim in December 2015, San Diego County Chief Probation Office Mack Jenkins discusses the importance of risk assessment and how his department uses evidence-based practices to tailor its responses to offenders on probation.

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An Experiment in Bail Reform: Examining the Impact of the Brooklyn Supervised Release Program

An Experiment in Bail Reform: Examining the Impact of the Brooklyn Supervised Release Program

By Josephine W. Hahn

This report presents findings from a study examining the impact of the Brooklyn Supervised Release Program, which engages misdemeanants who cannot afford relatively low bail amounts. When compared to a matched sample arraigned in the year before program launch, Supervised Release participants were significantly more likely to be released; spent fewer days in detention and were significantly less likely to receive a criminal conviction or jail sentence. Qualitative findings showed that participants held positive views of the Supervised Release staff and program model.

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New Approaches in Indigent Defense

New Approaches in Indigent Defense

At Reinvesting in Justice, Wesley Shackleford, deputy director of the Texas Indigent Defense Commission, talks about indigent defense, procedural justice, and improving access to legal services for those who cannot afford it.

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Innovations in Pretrial Justice: The View from Denver

Innovations in Pretrial Justice: The View from Denver

At Reinvesting in Justice, Aubree Cote, smart pretrial site coordinator for Denver, talks about the city's reform efforts and what different states and jurisdictions can learn from each other regarding pretrial justice.

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Kings County Parent Support Program Honors 10th Graduating Class

BROOKLYN, NY, Dec. 2 - The Kings County Parent Support Program celebrated its 10th graduation ceremony Wednesday at the Kings County Family Court in Downtown Brooklyn.  

As an audience of attorneys, court staff, family members, and representatives of community-based groups looked on, the 27 graduates, received certificates of recognition for completing the program.

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The Short Answer: What are the Benefits of Giving Youth a Voice in their Probation Supervision and Service Plans?

The Short Answer: What are the Benefits of Giving Youth a Voice in their Probation Supervision and Service Plans?

Ana Bermudez, commissioner of the New York City Department of Probation, responds to the question: What are the benefits of giving youth a voice in their probation supervision and service plans? 

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Race, Data, and Procedural Justice: A Conversation with David Slayton

Race, Data, and Procedural Justice: A Conversation with David Slayton

At Reinvesting in Justice, David Slayton, executive director of the Texas Office of Court Administration, talks about using data to implement procedural justice and address racial disparities in the justice system.

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Bridging the Gap: Strengthening LGBTQ Youth and Police Relations

Bridging the Gap: Strengthening LGBTQ Youth and Police Relations

This report was written by the Queens Neighborhood Youth Justice Council composed of seven young people ages 14 to 19 who met twice a week for eight weeks at the Queens Youth Justice Center. The Council engages adolescents in Queens in public policy issues that affect young people. In the summer of 2015, the Council focused on community-level interactions between LGBTQ youth and police. Council members researched issues affecting LGBTQ youth and relationships and interactions between the youth and police officers.

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Improving Outcomes for Individuals with Co-occurring Disorders

Improving Outcomes for Individuals with Co-occurring Disorders

At Reinvesting in Justice, Michael Young, chief public defender of Bexar County in Texas, talks about innovative programs to assist defendants with mental health challenges.

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Fact sheet: Treatment Court Training and Technical Assistance

Fact sheet: Treatment Court Training and Technical Assistance

This fact sheet outlines the different forms of training and technical assistance provided to treatment courts across the United States, including strategic planning, on-site and remote assistance, and the implementation of evidence-based practices.

 

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The Short Answer: In What Ways Can We Improve Outcomes for Youth Who Enter the Juvenile Justice System?

The Short Answer: In What Ways Can We Improve Outcomes for Youth Who Enter the Juvenile Justice System?

New York City Family Court Administrative Judge Jeanette Ruiz responds to the question: In what ways can we improve outcomes for youth who enter the juvenile justice system?

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New York State Mental Health Courts: A Policy Study

New York State Mental Health Courts: A Policy Study

By Josephine W. Hahn

This report summarizes the findings of a statewide policy survey of New York’s adult mental health courts. The report identifies key needs such as the use of validated assessments and high demand for staff training, and the challenges of limited treatment options and housing shortages. Statewide strengths cited by practitioners include their individualized approach and highly collaborative court teams.

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Responding to Homelessness: 11 Ideas for Justice Systems

Responding to Homelessness: 11 Ideas for Justice Systems

By Raphael Pope-Sussman

This fact sheet explores strategies that jurisdictions around the United States are using to deal with the issue of homelessness. Whether led by law enforcement, prosecutors, public defenders, or the courts, these approaches seek to address underlying causes and provide the practical support homeless offenders need to stabilize their lives. For each strategy described in this fact sheet, we have also included a case study. 

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'Hammers Don't Work': Alameda County Chief Public Defender Brendon Woods

'Hammers Don't Work': Alameda County Chief Public Defender Brendon Woods

In this podcast recorded at the Courts, Community Engagement, and Innovative Practices in a Changing Landscape symposium held in Anaheim in December 2015, Alameda County Chief Public Defender Brendon Woods discusses diversion and the importance of giving low-level offenders the opportunity to avoid a criminal record.

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