Research

Publications

 The F-Word: Learning from Failure in Criminal Justice Reform in the USA

The F-Word: Learning from Failure in Criminal Justice Reform in the USA

By Greg Berman and Aubrey Fox

An edited version of the conclusion to "Trial and Error in Criminal Justice Reform: Learning from Failure" (Urban Institute Press 2010). This version appeared in the inaugural issue of Scottish Justice Matters, June 2013.

Video

"Daring to Fail" Book Launch

"Daring to Fail" Book Launch

Policy Exchange, a London think tank, hosts a discussion with Greg Berman from the Center for Court Innovation and John Prideaux of The Economist to celebrate the release of Daring to Fail: First Person Stories of Criminal Justice Reform.

Links

"Inside City Hall" Panel On Brooklyn Gun Violence

Save Our Streets Crown Heights program manager Lisa Jones takes part in an "Inside City Hall" panel about Brooklyn gun violence.

http://www.ny1.com/content/138090/ny1-online---inside-city-hall--panel-on-brookl...

Publications

'A New Way of Doing Business': A Conversation about the Statewide Coordination of Problem-Solving Courts

'A New Way of Doing Business': A Conversation about the Statewide Coordination of Problem-Solving Courts

By Robert V. Wolf

A summary of a 2008 roundtable discussion about how to coordinate problem-solving courts on a statewide basis.

Audio

'Each One's a Success When They Walk Through That Door': Creating and Sustaining a Tribal Peacemaking Program

'Each One's a Success When They Walk Through That Door': Creating and Sustaining a Tribal Peacemaking Program

Peacemaker Administrator Anna Francis-Jack discusses tribal history and how The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington State have launched and grown their peacemaking program.

Publications

'The Public Wants to be Involved': A Roundtable Conversation about Community and Restorative Justice

'The Public Wants to be Involved': A Roundtable Conversation about Community and Restorative Justice

By Robert V. Wolf

Highlights from a roundtable discussion about engaging the public in justice programming. Questions addressed included: How do you define "community"? What are the goals of community engagement and how do programs engage communities and retain volunteers?

Articles

21st Century Indians: The Dilemma of Healing

By Carey N. Vicenti

An article examining the imposition of Western-style legal jurisprudence and “law” upon Native peoples. This article was originally published in the Journal of Court Innovation Special Issue on Tribal Justice.

Articles

4th Judicial Circuit, South Carolina

In September 2005, the Bureau of Justice Assistance of the U.S. Department of Justice funded ten demonstration projects under its new Community-Based Problem-Solving Criminal Justice Initiative. The following edited excerpt was taken from South Carolina's winning proposal.

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Publications

A Community Court Grows in Brooklyn: A Comprehensive Evaluation of the Red Hook Community Justice Center (Executive Summary)

A Community Court Grows in Brooklyn: A Comprehensive Evaluation of the Red Hook Community Justice Center (Executive Summary)

By Cynthia G. Lee, Fred L. Cheesman II, David Rottman, Rachel Swaner, Suvi Hynynen Lambson, Michael Rempel and Richard Curtis

The executive summary of an independent evaluation of the Red Hook Community Justice Center. The evaluation by the National Center for State Courts was commissioned by the National Institute of Justice. It found that the Justice Center's emphasis on alternatives to incarceration, including community restitution projects and social services, helped reduce the use of jail even as it helped reduce recidivism among misdemeanor offenders.

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Publications

A Community Court Grows in Brooklyn: A Comprehensive Evaluation of the Red Hook Community Justice Center (Full Report)

A Community Court Grows in Brooklyn: A Comprehensive Evaluation of the Red Hook Community Justice Center (Full Report)

By Cynthia G. Lee, Fred L. Cheesman II, David Rottman, Rachel Swaner, Suvi Hynynen Lambson, Michael Rempel and Richard Curtis

With funding from the National Institute of Justice, the National Center for State Courts completed this independent evaluation of the Red Hook Community Justice Center in 2013. The evaluation found that the Justice Center's emphasis on alternatives to incarceration, including community restitution projects and social services, helped reduce the use of jail even as it helped reduce recidivism among misdemeanor offenders.

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Download a fact sheet about the evaluation

Listen to an interview with the researchers

Download a fact sheet highlighting recommendations for improving court responses to misdemeanors

Audio

A Community Court Takes Washington D.C.: Expanding the Model in the Nation's Capital

A Community Court Takes Washington D.C.: Expanding the Model in the Nation's Capital

Dan Cipullo, director of the Criminal Division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, discusses why and how the court expanded its community court approach from one neighborhood to cover the entire city.

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A Community Process: Strategies to Improve the Response to Domestic Violence

A Community Process: Strategies to Improve the Response to Domestic Violence

Jim Henderson, a trainer and lecturer on domestic violence, discusses probation group conferencing, motivational interview techniques, and the importance of community collaboration.

Publications

A Comparison of Two Prosecution Policies in Cases of Intimate Partner Violence

A Comparison of Two Prosecution Policies in Cases of Intimate Partner Violence

By Robert C. Davis, Donald J. Farole, Jr., Chris S. O'Sullivan and Michael Rempel

A study comparing recidivism rates, victim satisfaction, and costs of filing all domestic violence cases with the court vs. declining to file cases when the victim opposes prosecution. Published in Criminology and Public Policy, Volume 7, Issue 4 (November 2008), and available from Wiley InterScience online at http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/121645493/abstract.

Publications

A Comparison of Two Prosecution Policies in Cases of Intimate Partner Violence: Mandatory Case Filing vs. Following the Victim’s Lead (COMPLETE DOCUMENT)

By Robert C. Davis, Donald J. Farole, Jr., Chris S. O'Sullivan and Michael Rempel

This study compares case outcomes, victim satisfaction, and costs in a jurisdiction where the DA’s Office typically declines to file cases when the victim opposes prosecution (the Bronx) with a jurisdiction where the DA’s Office has a universal filing policy (Brooklyn).

Publications

A Comparison of Two Prosecution Policies in Cases of Intimate Partner Violence: Mandatory Case Filing vs. Following the Victim’s Lead (EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ONLY)

By Robert C. Davis, Donald J. Farole, Jr., Chris S. O'Sullivan and Michael Rempel

This study compares case outcomes, victim satisfaction, and costs in a jurisdiction where the DA’s Office typically declines to file cases when the victim opposes prosecution (the Bronx) with a jurisdiction where the DA’s Office has a universal filing policy (Brooklyn).

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