Research

Publications

Tip Sheet for Planning Court-Based Domestic Violence Training

Tip Sheet for Planning Court-Based Domestic Violence Training

By Kathryn Ford and Kate Wurmfeld

This training tip sheet is designed for court administrators, managers, judges, advocates, and other practitioners looking to enhance court and community responses to domestic violence from judicial and non-judicial personnel. It is intended to promote consistency and best practices in training and guide jurisdictions in thinking about effective training strategies.

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The Allegheny County Sex Offense Court: Using Evidence-Based Practices to Increase Accountability and Safety

The Allegheny County Sex Offense Court: Using Evidence-Based Practices to Increase Accountability and Safety

By Rebecca Thomforde Hauser

This monograph summarizes what justice-system practitioners can learn from the growing body of research into effective ways to manage sex offenders and incorporate evidence-based best practices such as procedural fairness, risk and need assessments, and deterrence. As part of that summary, the paper offers an in-depth profile of the Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania’s Sex Offender Court. Located in Allegheny County, Pa., which includes the City of Pittsburgh, the specialized court has been in operation since 2011. Working with its partners, the court has created a response to sex offenses that enhances both victim safety and offender accountability.

Audio

Improving Access to Civil Justice: A Conversation with Jordan Dressler

Improving Access to Civil Justice: A Conversation with Jordan Dressler

By Robert V. Wolf and Ignacio Jaureguilorda

Jordan Dressler, the director of the recently created New York City Office of Civil Justice, discusses Mayor Bill de Blasio's ambitious five-year plan to provide free or low-cost legal assistance to every low-income New Yorker facing eviction, deportation, or other potentially life-altering civil proceedings. The interview focuses in detail on the benefits this guarantee is expected to have on tenants confronting landlords in Housing Court (the latter almost always represented by lawyers).

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Video

An Introduction to Project Reset

An Introduction to Project Reset

This video provides a short and engaging introduction to Project Reset, our program providing meaningful diversion opportunities for 16- and 17-year-olds in New York City arrested for the first time for a low-level, non-violent crime. Successful participants will never set foot in a courtroom and will have no criminal record. The video explains the requirements of the program, the opportunity to be connected with voluntary services, and the criteria for eligibility.

Publications

Procedural Justice in Action

Procedural Justice in Action

Produced in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this handout for criminal justice professionals outlines a series of strategies for implementing and enhancing procedural justice: promoting perceptions of fairness and increasing compliance with court orders and the law.

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