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Courts, Community Engagement, and Innovative Practices in a Changing Landscape

Courts, Community Engagement, and Innovative Practices in a Changing Landscape

In Anaheim, New Approaches to Justice Reform

Regional justice symposium brings together California reformers

Tomiquia Moss, chief of staff to the Mayor of Oakland, discusses community engagement at the "Courts, Community Engagement, and Innovative Practices in a Changing Landscape" symposium in Anaheim.Tomiquia Moss, chief of staff to the Mayor of Oakland, discusses community engagement at the "Courts, Community Engagement, and Innovative Practices in a Changing Landscape" symposium in Anaheim.

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Creating a Youth Court Operations Manual

Creating a Youth Court Operations Manual

A guide for practitioners, this resource is intended to help existing youth courts document, standardize, and maintain the high quality of their programs and help planners of new youth courts develop all of the policies and procedures necessary for a successful program.

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Creating Off-Ramps: A National Review of Police-Led Diversion Programs

Creating Off-Ramps: A National Review of Police-Led Diversion Programs

By Jennifer A. Tallon, Melissa Labriola and Joseph Spadafore

This study maps the current landscape of police-led pretrial diversion programs. It presents the results from a survey on diversion given to a representative sample of law enforcement agencies nationwide along with case studies of eight promising police-led programs, including programs targeting mentally-ill individuals, juveniles, and low-level or first-time adult defendants. Funded by the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office of the Department of Justice, this report explores why these programs were created, how they work, and how they differ.

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Criminal Domestic Violence Case Processing: A case study of the five boroughs of New York City

Criminal Domestic Violence Case Processing: A case study of the five boroughs of New York City

By Chandra Gavin and Nora K. Puffett

A cross-borough comparison of prosecution and court processing practices for misdemeanor domestic violence cases. The study explores the views of different stakeholders--judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors and victim advocates--with most expressing support for a specialized domestic violence court model but concern for issues of victim safety and recidivism.

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Criminal Domestic Violence Courts: Key Principles

Criminal Domestic Violence Courts: Key Principles

By Domestic Violence Staff of the Center for Court Innovation

These key principles are based on the Center for Court Innovation’s experience developing domestic violence courts in a variety of jurisdictions.

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Criminal Justice at the Crossroads: Transforming Crime and Punishment

Criminal Justice at the Crossroads: Transforming Crime and Punishment

William R. Kelly, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Criminology and Criminal Justice Research at the University of Texas at Austin, discusses his new book, "Criminal Justice at the Crossroads: Transforming Crime and Punishment," and the costs of mass incarceration.

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

This study of two mental health courts in the Bronx and Brooklyn finds that mental health court participants are significantly less likely to re-offend than similar offenders with mental illness who experience business-as-usual court processing.

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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.

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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

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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

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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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