Community Justice

Publications

'The Public Wants to be Involved': A Roundtable Conversation about Community and Restorative Justice

'The Public Wants to be Involved': A Roundtable Conversation about Community and Restorative Justice

By Robert V. Wolf

Highlights from a roundtable discussion about engaging the public in justice programming. Questions addressed included: How do you define "community"? What are the goals of community engagement and how do programs engage communities and retain volunteers?

Interviews

Beyond Fighting Crime, Police in a Minnesota Town Seek to Foster a Sense of Community

Beyond Fighting Crime, Police in a Minnesota Town Seek to Foster a Sense of Community

Under Chief Michael A. Davis, the police officers of Brooklyn Park, a suburb of Minneapolis-St. Paul, pursue community building. October 2012

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Beyond Fighting Crime, Police in a Minnesota Town Seek to Foster a Sense of Community

Beyond Fighting Crime, Police in a Minnesota Town Seek to Foster a Sense of Community

Under Chief Michael A. Davis, the police officers of Brooklyn Park, a suburb of Minneapolis-St. Paul, pursue community building.

Novel Courts Handle Low-Level Crimes Across US

AP, September 23 2012

An Associated Press story on the evolution of community courts. According to Center for Court Innovation Director Greg Berman: "We've seen these ideas which were derided and dismissed by many in the '90s as totally loopy and beyond the pale become...embraced by criminal justice systems across the country."

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Painted on the Walls, the Stories of New York Communities

The New York Times, August 30 2012

The New York Times profiles Groundswell, a group that makes public art in underserved neighborhoods, and a mural they helped create in partnership with the Brownsville Community Justice Center.

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Held Hostage in Brownsville: Residents Too Afraid to Leave their Homes Because of Gun Violence

NY Daily News, July 31 2012

The New York Daily News spotlights Brownsville, Brooklyn and quotes James Brodick, project director of the Brownsville Community Justice Center.

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A Community Court Transforms a Neighborhood

Park Slope Civic Council, July 13 2012

An article from the Park Slope Civic Council describes the Red Hook Community Justice Center's transformative role in Brooklyn.

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Chicago Police to Partner with Anti-Violence Group CeaseFire to Curb Shootings

msnbc.com, June 27 2012

This article from msnbc.com quotes Amy Ellenbogen of Save Our Streets Crown Heights, a program replicating CeaseFire in Brooklyn, New York.

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Publications

Minding the Elephant: Criminal Defense Practice in Community Courts

Minding the Elephant: Criminal Defense Practice in Community Courts

By Julian Adler and Brett Taylor

One of the enduring critiques of community courts is that they undermine the defense bar and erode due process protections. This essay in The Judges' Journal contends that community courts can actually enhance defense practice by providing opportunities for heightened advocacy and individualized case resolutions.

Interviews

Giving the Community a Role in Corrections

Giving the Community a Role in Corrections

Derek Miodownik, restorative systems administrator for the Vermont Department of Corrections, talks about the state's innovative experiments in community and restorative justice, including Citizen Reparative Boards, which give panels of community members a role in working with misdemeanor offenders, and Circles of Support and Accountability, which link community members with parolees convicted of serious crimes.

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