Community Court

Community Courts Let the Punishment Fit the Crime, Compassionately

The Christian Science Monitor, January 10 2015

The Christian Science Monitor shows how community courts around the country are working to reduce recidivism and incarceration. 

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Publications

Beyond a Single Neighborhood: Community Justice in Washington, D.C., Newark, N.J., and Milliken, Colo.

Beyond a Single Neighborhood: Community Justice in Washington, D.C., Newark, N.J., and Milliken, Colo.

By Sarah Schweig

Community courts, which offer creative responses to low-level crime, have traditionally been thought of as neighborhood courts. But the core principles of community courts—promoting alternatives to incarceration, encouraging respectful treatment of defendants, engaging the public in doing justice—can work just as effectively when handling cases from an entire town, city, or county. This paper looks at three jurisdictions that have successfully adapted the community court model beyond single neighborhoods. 

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After 5 Years, the San Francisco Community Justice Center Continues to Adapt

After 5 Years, the San Francisco Community Justice Center Continues to Adapt

Judge Braden C. Woods of the San Francisco Community Justice Center discusses the practical implications of expanding the court's caseload to include low-level felonies, and he reflects on his first year on the job. (April 2014)

Interviews

After 5 Years, the San Francisco Community Justice Center Continues to Adapt

After 5 Years, the San Francisco Community Justice Center Continues to Adapt

Judge Braden C. Woods of the San Francisco Community Justice Center discusses the practical implications of expanding the court's caseload to include low-level felonies, and he reflects on his first year on the job. (April 2014)

Interviews

Community Court in Brooklyn Lowers Recidivism, Researchers Find

Community Court in Brooklyn Lowers Recidivism, Researchers Find

Cynthia G. Lee and David B. Rottman, researchers from the National Center for State Courts, discuss some of the key findings in their new report, A Community Court Grows in Brooklyn: A Comprehensive Evaluation of the Red Hook Community Justice Center.

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The Short Answer: What's the Legacy of the Midtown Community Court and Problem-Solving Justice?

The Short Answer: What's the Legacy of the Midtown Community Court and Problem-Solving Justice?

Timothy Murray, the executive director of the Pretrial Justice Institute and the principal architect and administrator of the nation’s first drug court (in Miami-Dade County, Fla.), provides a short answer to the question: What's the legacy of the Midtown Community Court and problem-solving justice?

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The Short Answer: What Was Your Impression of the Midtown Community Court When You First Heard about the Concept?

The Short Answer: What Was Your Impression of the Midtown Community Court When You First Heard about the Concept?

Judy Harris Kluger, the first judge to preside over the Midtown Community Court, gives a short answer to the question: What was your impression of the Midtown Community Court when you first heard about the concept?

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The Short Answer: Why is the Midtown Community Court's Emphasis on 'Community' Important?

The Short Answer: Why is the Midtown Community Court's Emphasis on 'Community' Important?

J.D. Noland, a community activist who has lived in the Midtown neighborhood since the founding of the Midtown Community Court in 1993, gives a short answer to the question: Why is the Midtown Community Court's emphasis on "community" important?

Could community courts cut low-level crime in our cities?

The Irish Times, January 27 2014

The Irish Times highlights community courts in the U.S. and how their approach to low-level crime could be applied in Ireland.

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Articles

Praising Red Hook Justice Center’s Approach to Public Safety, Mayor-Elect de Blasio Names Bratton as Police Commissioner

Praising Red Hook Justice Center’s Approach to Public Safety, Mayor-Elect de Blasio Names Bratton as Police Commissioner

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio chose the Red Hook Community Justice Center as the setting for one of the first major appointments of his administration: William Bratton as police commissioner.

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