Research

Interviews

Dean Esserman, Police Chief, New Haven, CT

Dean Esserman, Police Chief, New Haven, CT

New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman talks about bringing the role of teaching and institutionalized change in truly learning from and addressing failure.

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Interviews

Deborah Kendrick, Community Mediation Coordinator, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Deborah Kendrick is the community mediation coordinator at the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Here she discusses her training, experiences and the challenges she faces as a mediator.

 

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Articles

Defendant Perceptions of Fairness at the Red Hook Community Justice Center

By Somjen M. Frazer

In an effort to assess the impact of the Red Hook Community Justice Center on defendant perceptions of fairness, the Center for Court Innovation conducted a survey of nearly 400 misdemeanor defendants, who had their cases handled at either the Justice Center or a traditional, centralized criminal court. The goal was to evaluate the effects of court location (Red Hook or the traditional court), defendant background (race, ethnicity, sex and socioeconomic status), the outcome of their current court case (dismissed or required to return to court; required to attend drug treatment or not), and the stage of their case at the time of the survey (arraignment or subsequent court appearance).

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Publications

Defending Childhood

Defending Childhood

In order to address the high prevalence of children’s exposure to violence, in 2010, eight sites around the country were selected by the U.S. Department of Justice for the Defending Childhood Demonstration Program. This national initiative aims: 1) to prevent children’s exposure to violence; 2) to mitigate the negative impact of such exposure when it does occur; and 3) to develop knowledge and spread awareness about children’s exposure to violence, both within and beyond the chosen pilot sites. The eight demonstration sites are:

Listen to an interview with Center for Court Innovation researchers

Listen to an Interview with the Cuyahoga County Defending Childhood Initiative team

Listen to an Interview with the Grand Forks County Defending Childhood Initiative team

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Publications

Defending Childhood Demonstration Program

Defending Childhood Demonstration Program

In order to address the high prevalence of children’s exposure to violence, in 2010, eight sites around the country were selected by the U.S. Department of Justice for the Defending Childhood Demonstration Program. This national initiative aims: 1) to prevent children’s exposure to violence; 2) to mitigate the negative impact of such exposure when it does occur; and 3) to develop knowledge and spread awareness about children’s exposure to violence, both within and beyond the chosen pilot sites. The eight demonstration sites are:

Listen to an interview with the Researchers

Listen to an interview with the Cuyahoga County Defending Childhood Initiative team

Listen to an Interview with members of the Grand Forks County Defending Childhood Initiative team

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Publications

Defining the Problem: Using Data to Plan a Community Justice Project

Defining the Problem: Using Data to Plan a Community Justice Project

By Robert V. Wolf

A look at how community justice initiatives across the county have used concrete data to define local problems.

Links

Delaware Department of Justice

Press release announcing attorney general's expansion of community prosecution throughout New Castle County

http://attorneygeneral.delaware.gov/media/releases/2008/commpros.pdf

Video

Denise O'Donnell: Community Justice 2012

Denise O'Donnell: Community Justice 2012

Denise O'Donnell, director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice, offers closing remarks at the International Conference of Community Courts in Washington, D.C.

Video

Denise O'Donnell: Community Justice 2014

Denise O'Donnell: Community Justice 2014

Denise O'Donnell, director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, delivers opening remarks on the first day of Community Justice 2014, an international summit on how to reduce crime and incarceration while improving public trust in justice.

Articles

Denver’s Community Justice Councils

Since launching its community prosecution program in 1996, the Denver District Attorney’s Office has been able to sustain a far-reaching program on a relatively tight budget. The key has been to leverage scarce resources both in and outside the office. Probably the most important way that the office has leveraged resources is by encouraging the community to play an active leadership role.

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Articles

Denver’s “Dots” Program

Regardless of which groups the prosecutor’s office partners with, it helps to have tools for identifying local priorities and concerns. The Denver District Attorney’s Office Community Justice Unit has developed just such a tool, which it calls the “dots exercise.”

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Articles

Department of Justice Supports Brooklyn Anti-Violence Project

Department of Justice Supports Brooklyn Anti-Violence Project

The Brownsville Anti-Violence Project receives support from the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance.

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Audio

Deploying Public Health Strategies to Address Drug Addiction

Deploying Public Health Strategies to Address Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is fundamentally a public health issue, says Michael Botticelli, acting director of National Drug Control Policy, in this New Thinking podcast. Botticelli explains why law enforcement must work in tandem with public health to address addiction and how his own personal experience with addiction informs his work.

Publications

Deterrence and Legitimacy in Brownsville, Brooklyn: A Process Evaluation of the Brownsville Anti-Violence Project

Deterrence and Legitimacy in Brownsville, Brooklyn: A Process Evaluation of the Brownsville Anti-Violence Project

By Sarah Picard-Fritsche, Rachel Swaner and Suvi Hynynen

This report documents a gun violence prevention program and finds high levels of cynicism regarding the fairness and effectiveness of the justice system among residents of the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn.

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Articles

Developing a Community Court, Part I: Obstacles

Developing a community court is a complex undertaking. By definition, community courts embrace a variety of stakeholders. These include not only the usual suspects like judges, police and prosecutors, but also tenant groups, victims organizations, businesses, schools and block associations. Reaching outside the walls of the justice system to involve new players and create new partnerships complicates both planning and implementation.

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