Research

Publications

Criminal Justice Interventions for Offenders with Mental Illness: Evaluation of Mental Health Courts in Bronx and Brooklyn, New York

Criminal Justice Interventions for Offenders with Mental Illness: Evaluation of Mental Health Courts in Bronx and Brooklyn, New York

This Urban Institute evaluation of two mental health courts in New York City finds that mental health court participants are significantly less likely to recidivate, as compared to similar offenders with mental illness who experience business-as-usual court processing.

Publications

Criminal Justice Reform: A Key Role for Failure

Criminal Justice Reform: A Key Role for Failure

By Greg Berman

To encourage justice practitioners to test new ideas, we need to foster a climate in which failure is openly discussed, writes Greg Berman, the director of the Center for Court Innovation in this op-ed from the National Law Journal.

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Criminal Justice System of England and Wales

The UK's first community justice projects - in North Liverpool and Salford - have been up and running since 2005, and community justice initiatives have now been introduced in other areas of England and Wales. Read more about how community members in England and Wales can get involved in the justice system:

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/CrimeJusticeAndTheLaw/CrimePrevention/DG_072139

Articles

Crown Heights Community Mediation Center: Community Assessment and Perceptions

In Spring 2003, the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center conducted a formal survey to assess the needs and concerns of the Crown Heights, Brooklyn, community, as well as to gauge the community’s use and awareness of the Mediation Center. The Operation Data survey provided a forum for community members to voice their concerns about issues of quality of life, safety, services, conflict, and diversity in their neighborhood.

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Crown Heights Counting on Security

A feature story from The Wall Street Journal on Save Our Streets Crown Heights and its efforts to combat gun violence.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304019404577416383799096076.html?m...

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Crown Heights Journal: Gunfire will no longer be met by silence

The New York Times spotlights the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center's SOS project, which is working to reduce shootings in Brooklyn.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/11/nyregion/11metjournal.html?_r=2&ref=nyregion

Publications

Cultural Responsiveness and the Courts

Cultural Responsiveness and the Courts

For a justice system to be truly just, it must be accessible to all individuals. However, litigants may face challenges when courts are not responsive to their cultural identity. For survivors of domestic violence, these challenges present additional barriers towards accessing justice and obtaining fair outcomes. This viewers' guide serves as a companion to the short video Building a Culture of Justice, which explains how justice-system staff and stakeholders can serve litigant needs by implementing culturally responsive practices in courts handling domestic violence cases.

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Dallas Community Court - Video news clip

New program offers prostitutes new start in life aired on Dallas's Channel 33 in 2007.

http://www.courtinnovation.org/Video/New program offers prostitutes new start in life.htm

Links

Dallas Community Court - Video news clip

Dallas Court Dishing Out 'Community Justice' aired on CBS affiliate Channel 11 in Dallas/Fort Worth on January 10, 2008.

http://www.courtinnovation.org/Video/DallasCommunityCourt.html

Audio

Dallas Community Courts Make Cleaner, Safer Streets a Top Priority

Dallas Community Courts Make Cleaner, Safer Streets a Top Priority

Dianne Gibson, the manager of the community courts in Dallas, Texas, explains how the South Dallas Community Court uses a combination of partnership and problem-solving to link homeless with services while eliminating neighborhood eyesores.

Interviews

Dan Weitz, Statewide Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator, New York Office Of Court Administration

Dan Weitz, Statewide Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator, New York Office Of Court Administration

Dan Weitz oversees dispute resolution programs for the New York court system. Here he talks about mediation.

 

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Books

Daring to Fail

Daring to Fail

The winner of the 2010 PASS Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency,  Daring to Fail is a collection of interviews with leaders in a variety of fields – prosecution, policing, community corrections, indigent defense and others – about leadership, management and innovation.

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