Alternatives to Incarceration

Interviews

Theron Bowman, Chief of Police, Arlington, Texas

Theron Bowman, Chief of Police, Arlington, Texas

Theron Bowman began his law enforcement career with the Arlington Police Department in Arlington, Texas—a city of over 300,000—nearly 25 years ago, just before its community policing program began. He has been chief of police since 1999. In January 2007, he participated in a roundtable, assembled by the Center for Court Innovation and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, to discuss failure and innovation in criminal justice, a transcript of which is scheduled to be published in the first issue of the Journal of Court Innovation in the fall of 2007.

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Interviews

John P. Smith and Korey Wahwassuck, Judges, Cass County, Minnesota

Cass County District Court Judge John P. Smith and Leech Lake Tribal Court Chief Judge Korey Wahwassuck have worked together since 2006 presiding over the post-conviction, post-sentencing Driving While Intoxicated Court in Cass County, Minnesota. They spoke with Center for Court Innovation staff about the innovative, collaborative program.

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Articles

Atlanta, 2007: Second Annual Community Based Problem-Solving Criminal Justice Initiative Workshop

The second workshop for the Community Based Problem-Solving Criminal Justice Initiative was held in Atlanta on May 23 and 24, 2007. Here are some photos from the event.

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Links

Justice, Treatment and Cost: An Evaluation of the Fiscal Impact of Allegheny Mental Health Court

Published in March 2007, this is first study to look at the fiscal impact of a mental health court anywhere in the United States.

http://www.rand.org/pubs/technical_reports/TR439/#

Interviews

Fred Bonner, Judge, Seattle Community Court

Fred Bonner, Judge, Seattle Community Court

Judge Bonner recently stepped down from the Seattle Community Court after presiding over it since its opening in March 2005. He has served on Seattle’s Municipal Court bench for nearly two decades. He spoke with Center for Court Innovation staff about the community court.

 

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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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Interviews

Phillip McDonald, Court Programs Administrator, Atlanta Community Court

Phillip McDonald, Court Programs Administrator, Atlanta Community Court

Phillip McDonald is the court programs administrator for the Atlanta Community Court. He spoke with Center staff about the neighborhood Restorative Boards being developed and expanded under the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community-Based Problem-Solving Criminal Justice Initiative.

 

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Publications

Documenting Results: Research on Problem-Solving Justice

Documenting Results: Research on Problem-Solving Justice

By Staff of the Center for Court Innovation

This collection of research reports, written by Center for Court Innovation staff, analyzes the impact of a broad range of problem-solving initiatives launched in New York State and nationwide over the past decade.

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Interviews

Alan Henry, Director Emeritus, Pretrial Services Resource Center

D. Alan Henry is director emeritus of the Pretrial Services Resource Center, based in Los Angeles. In 2007 he spoke with Center staff about using diversion as part of a problem-solving justice initiative.

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Articles

Problem-Solving Justice in New York

Problem-Solving Justice in New York

Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman gives keynote address at Fordham Law School symposium.

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