Research

Publications

Examining the Association between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration

By Josephine W. Hahn, Etiony Aldarondo, Jay G. Silverman, Marie C. McCormick and Karestan C. Koenen

This study investigated the relationship between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and intimate partner violence perpetration in a representative sample of self-identified heterosexual adult men in the U.S. 

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Articles

Targeting the Mental Health Needs of Misdemeanor Defendants: An Impact Evaluation of the Bronx Mental Health Initiative

Targeting the Mental Health Needs of Misdemeanor Defendants: An Impact Evaluation of the Bronx Mental Health Initiative

By Tia Pooler

This report evaluates a pilot program started in 2009 to screen misdemeanor defendants for mental health disorders and, where present, to provide a short-term intervention. Those assigned to a mental health intervention were significantly less likely to be re-arrested within one year, compared with similar defendants who were not assigned to the intervention. Results were especially positive for female defendants.

 

 

Interviews

Using Evidence-Based Assessment To Create Problem-Solving Interventions

Using Evidence-Based Assessment To Create Problem-Solving Interventions

Center for Court Innovation Associate Director of Research Sarah Picard-Fritsche discusses the risk-need-responsivity model for working with offenders and the Center's Misdemeanor Assessment Project, which is bringing jurisdictions a screening tool for creating a profile of their misdemeanor offender population. (May 2015)

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Domestic Violence Benchbooks: A Guide To Court Intervention

Domestic Violence Benchbooks: A Guide To Court Intervention

For jurisdictions seeking to create or revise a domestic violence benchbook, this document provides a comprehensive view of themes and best practices captured in similar guides around the country.

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Bronx Community Solutions: Speeches from the 10th Anniversary

Bronx Community Solutions: Speeches from the 10th Anniversary

This video offers excerpts of speeches from the 10th anniversary celebration of Bronx Community Solutions on April 21, 2015 in the ceremonial courtroom at Bronx Supreme Court. Speakers are Center for Court Innovation Director Greg Berman, New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, City Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson, Bronx Community Solutions Director Maria Almonte-Weston, and Community Service Crew Supervisor Ramon Semorile.

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Fact Sheet: Bronx Community Solutions

Fact Sheet: Bronx Community Solutions

This fact sheet summarizes the mission and impact of Bronx Community Solutions, an initiative of the Center for Court Innovation that seeks to apply a problem-solving approach to non-violent cases in the Bronx.

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Reducing the Use of Jail in the Bronx

Reducing the Use of Jail in the Bronx

Maria Almonte-Weston, director of Bronx Community Solutions, gives an award to Community Service Crew Supervisor Ramon Semorile.Maria Almonte-Weston, director of Bronx Community Solutions, gives an award to Community Service Crew Supervisor Ramon Semorile.

Bronx Community Solutions Celebrates 10 Years of Providing Alternatives to Incarceration

THE BRONX, N.Y., April 21 — More than 200 judges, attorneys, community members and representatives of community organizations from the Bronx filled the ceremonial courtroom at Bronx Supreme Court today to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Bronx Community Solutions.

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Bronx Community Solutions: An Introduction

Bronx Community Solutions: An Introduction

Bronx Community Solutions seeks to re-engineer the response to low-level crime in the Bronx, New York. By providing judges with additional sentencing options for non-violent offenders, Bronx Community Solutions reduces the reliance on short-term jail sentences and offers defendants the assistance they need to avoid further criminal conduct. This video was produced in 2015 to celebrate Bronx Community Solutions' 10th anniversary.

Interviews

Hospital Seeks to Halt Violence Among Minority Youth

Hospital Seeks to Halt Violence Among Minority Youth

Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital in Binghamton, New York is working with community partners to develop a restorative, strength-based program that will divert high-risk youth from gang involvement as well as violent behavior. At the kick-off summit for the Minority Youth Violence Prevention initiative, Nancy Frank and Ralphalla Richardson discuss how they became interested in partnering with police to help stop the cycle of harm in some of Binghamton’s struggling neighborhoods.

Articles

Staten Island Youth Justice Center Annual Report 2014

Staten Island Youth Justice Center Annual Report 2014

Highlights of the Staten Island Youth Justice Center's accomplishments in 2014.

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Babies in the Child Welfare System to Get More Help in the Bronx, Along with Their Families

Babies in the Child Welfare System to Get More Help in the Bronx, Along with Their Families

Dr. Susan Chinitz, a psychologist with specialties in the areas of infant mental health and developmental disabilities in infancy and early childhood, and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, discusses the new Bronx Infant Court, which will enhance the capacity of Family Court to bring positive changes to court-involved babies and their families. (April 2015)

 

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.

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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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