Research

Publications

The Parent Support Program: A Problem-Solving Court Approach to Child Support Enforcement

By Aaron Arnold

Originally appearing in Child Support Quarterly, this article details how the Parent Support Program draws upon the lessons learned in successful problem­-solving courts to address the underlying problems that lead to the failure to pay child support, such as chronic unemploy­ment and lack of training or education. 

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A Retrospective Analysis of Medical Malpractice Litigation in Three New York Counties

A Retrospective Analysis of Medical Malpractice Litigation in Three New York Counties

By Erin Farley

As part of a national effort to understand the factors that contribute to medical malpractice costs and to understand how the handling of malpractice cases might be improved in the civil justice system, the Center for Court Innovation examined medical malpractice cases in three New York City counties between 2002 and 2010. The findings indicated that an array of factors contribute to malpractice case outcomes in court. Injury severity had a particularly strong relationship both to case outcomes and the size of any resulting monetary award. A variety of court case processing factors, including the influence of the presiding judge over how the case unfolded, also significantly predicted outcomes. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funded the study.

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Mental Health Screening Outcomes Among Justice-Involved Youths Under Community Supervision

Mental Health Screening Outcomes Among Justice-Involved Youths Under Community Supervision

By Warren A. Reich

Youth detained in juvenile correctional facilities are known to have an elevated rate of mental health symptoms, but far less is known about the mental health status of juveniles under community supervision. In this study, 812 youths participating in alternative to detention programs in New York City were screened for mental health disorders. Forty-eight percent of boys and 62% of girls were indicated for possible mental health problems. The most frequently appearing flags were for mania and posttraumatic stress disorder. Besides reporting prevalence rates for multiple disorders, the study also examines the relationship between mental health and re-arrest. Published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation 53: 3 (2014): 211-230. Click here for an abstract and how to order.

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Reentry Courts

Reentry Courts

By Christine H. Lindquist, Bryn Herrschaft and Pamela K. Lattimore

Reentry courts are specialized courts that assist with the reintegration of formerly incarcerated persons after their release in the community. This article, co-authored by Center for Court Innovation and RTI International researchers and published in the Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Eds. Gerben Bruinsma and David Weisburd, 2014, pp. 4351-4360), provides an accessible overview of the reentry court model and relevant research. Click here for an article summary and how to order.

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Drug Courts

Drug Courts

By Michael Rempel

Drug courts are the oldest, most prolific, and most studied of the major alternative court models, which also include domestic violence, mental health, community, and reentry courts. What distinguishes drug courts is their focus on cases involving an underlying drug addiction. This article, authored by a Center for Court Innovation researcher and published in the Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Eds. Gerben Bruinsma and David Weisburd, 2014, pp. 1159-1170), provides an accessible overview of the drug court model, relevant research, and related issues and controversies. Click here for an article summary and how to order.

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