Research

Publications

Fact Sheet: Sentencing Reform and Drug Courts

Fact Sheet: Sentencing Reform and Drug Courts

This fact sheet addresses the challenges and opportunities that arise from sentencing reform, outlining the ways in which technical assistance can help drug courts assess and respond to these changes.

Audio

Foundations Can Support Justice Reform, If You Know How to Ask: A Conversation with James Lewis

Foundations Can Support Justice Reform, If You Know How to Ask: A Conversation with James Lewis

Private foundations are an overlooked resource for innovative justice programs.  James H. Lewis, senior program officer and director of research and evaluation at the Chicago Community Trust, offers insight into how foundations make funding decisions and shares tips for attracting foundation investments in justice programs. The interview was conducted by the Center for Court Innovation's Director of Communications Robert V. Wolf at Community Justice 2016, where Lewis participated in a panel on "Funding Change."

Audio

Strengthening Ties Between Police and the Community: A Conversation about Restorative Justice in Madison, Wisconsin

Strengthening Ties Between Police and the Community: A Conversation about Restorative Justice in Madison, Wisconsin

Joe Balles, who recently retired as a captain after a 30-year career with the Madison (Wisconsin) Police Department, discusses restorative justice and police legitimacy with Robert V. Wolf, director of communications at the Center for Court Innovation. A mentee of Herman Goldstein, considered the father of problem-oriented policing, Balles was instrumental in the creation of the Dane County Community Restorative Court, a diversion program based on the Native American principles of peacemaking. The interview took place during Community Justice 2016.

Publications

Fact Sheet: Community Service at the Midtown Community Court

Fact Sheet: Community Service at the Midtown Community Court

This fact sheet outlines the various community restitution projects at the Midtown Community Court. These initiatives seek to restore both the neighborhood and re-integrate participants into the community. 

Articles

A Regional Summit for Justice Practitioners

The Center for Court Innovation, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Quinnipiac University School of Law, will host Justice Innovation in Times of Change: New Challenges, New Opportunities on September 30, 2016 at the Quinnipiac University School of Law, located at 370 Bassett Road in North Haven, CT. 

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Audio

A Second Chance Society: A Conversation about Justice Reform in Connecticut

A Second Chance Society: A Conversation about Justice Reform in Connecticut

Mike Lawlor, Connecticut's under secretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning, discusses Governor Dannel P. Malloy's Second Chance Society, a series of justice reforms (including dramatic changes to bail and juvenile justice policies) that seek to reduce crime, lower spending on prisons, and help rebuild relationships between criminal justice professionals and the communities they serve. This New Thinking podcast was recorded in Chicago in April 2016 after Lawlor participated in a panel on "Jail Reduction and Public Safety" at Community Justice 2016.

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#ASaferJamaica: Addressing Adolescent Community Violence in Jamaica, Queens

#ASaferJamaica: Addressing Adolescent Community Violence in Jamaica, Queens

This podcast was created by the Queens Neighborhood Youth Justice Council at the Queens Youth Justice Center.  The Council is an after-school program made up of teenagers who want to study and propose solutions to the public safety challenges that most affect them.  The 2016 Council focused on community violence in Jamaica.  According to the New York City Health Department's Community Health Profiles 2015, the injury assault rate in Jamaica and Hollis is higher than the overall Queens and citywide rates.  Based on the Council’s research and interviews with experts in the field including law enforcement, community activists, young people living in the community, teachers, government officials, and lawyers to name a few, the Council developed recommendations on how to improve local policies.  During the podcast, you will hear different definitions of community violence and opinions

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Interviews

With Police Partnerships, Building New Pathways for Youth

With Police Partnerships, Building New Pathways for Youth

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 Building Resources and Awareness for Youth Violence Prevention Education--BRAVE--in DeKalb County, Georgia, a program led by the DeKalb County Board of Health in partnership with the Clarkston Police Department, DeKalb County Police Department, and DeKalb County Human Development Department. The program seeks to reduce low-level “gateway” violence by engaging youth in programming that includes organized sports, civics lessons, and mentoring, and by supporting similarly minded community-based groups with mini-grants.

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Publications

Forging Partnerships Across Court-Support Organizations: Lessons from the Human Trafficking and the State Courts Collaborative

Forging Partnerships Across Court-Support Organizations: Lessons from the Human Trafficking and the State Courts Collaborative

By Danielle Malangone and John Martin

This article outlines lessons from the Human Trafficking and the State Courts Collaborative relevant to all justice system stakeholders. It offers concrete recommendations for multidisciplinary partnerships on how to cultivate and sustain collaboration. Published in Court Manager Volume 31 Issue 2.

Video

Advanced Topics in Risk and Needs Assessments: Panel at Community Justice 2016

Advanced Topics in Risk and Needs Assessments: Panel at Community Justice 2016

This panel, held at the Community Justice 2016 International Summit, takes a comprehensive look at risk and needs assessment tools. Moderated by Brett Taylor, senior advisor on problem-solving justice at the Center for Court Innovation, the panelists include Sarah Fritsche, associate director of research at the Center for Court Innovation, Leah Garabedian, senior program manager of the Justice Management Institute, and Mark Kammerer, supervisor of the Alternative Prosecution/Sentencing Unit at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.

Video

The 2016 Harlem Parole Reentry Court Graduation: Remarks by Glenn Martin

The 2016 Harlem Parole Reentry Court Graduation: Remarks by Glenn Martin

Glenn Martin, criminal justice reform advocate and founder of JustLeadershipUSA, delivered the keynote address at the Harlem Parole Reentry Court graduation on June 16, 2016 at the Harlem Community Justice Center in New York City.

Video

What's New with Addiction and Drug Treatment: Presentation at Community Justice 2016

What's New with Addiction and Drug Treatment: Presentation at Community Justice 2016

Dr. Wilson Compton, deputy director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, delves into the latest research on substance use, addiction, and treatment, at a plenary session at the 2016 Community Justice International Summit.

Publications

UPNEXT: A Model for Increasing Financial and Emotional Support

UPNEXT: A Model for Increasing Financial and Emotional Support

By Bo Twiggs

This monograph describes UPNEXT, a job training and family engagement program based out of the Midtown Community Court that serves unemployed men and non-custodial fathers. 

Audio

‘An Open and Inviting Court’: Judge Joe Perez of the Orange County Community Court Talks Procedural Justice

‘An Open and Inviting Court’: Judge Joe Perez of the Orange County Community Court Talks Procedural Justice

Joe Perez, the presiding judge of the Orange County Community Court, discusses how the principles of procedural justice inform both design and process in his courthouse. Perez is a lifelong resident of Orange County whose father was the first Spanish-speaking attorney and judge in the county. The interview with Robert V. Wolf, director of communications at the Center for Court Innovation, took place while Judge Perez was in Chicago to speak at Community Justice 2016. Wolf interviewed Judge Perez’s predecessor and the founding judge of the Orange County Community Court, Wendy Lindley, in 2008.

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Video

Reducing Crime and Incarceration: Elizabeth Glazer at the Center for Court Innovation

Reducing Crime and Incarceration: Elizabeth Glazer at the Center for Court Innovation

Elizabeth Glazer, director of the New York City Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, spoke about strategies for safely reducing the population of Rikers Island during a visit to the Center for Court Innovation in May 2016.

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