Brownsville Murder of Zurana Horton Highlights Need for a Renewed Fight Against Gun Crime
Daily News, 6 November 2011
An op-ed from the New York Daily News makes reference to the Center for Court Innovation's research in Brownsville and anti-violence work in Crown Heights through Save Our Streets Crown Heights.
Launched in Spring 2011, Newark Community Solutions is a community justice initiative that applies a problem-solving approach to low-level cases in Newark, New Jersey’s municipal courthouse. Newark Community Solutions’s goals are twofold: to provide judges with increased sentencing options for non-violent offenses such as drug possession, prostitution, and shoplifting and to improve public perceptions of justice. By combining punishment with help, Newark Community Solutions seeks to promote the use of community service and social service mandates, reduce the court’s reliance on ineffective fines and expensive short-term jail sentences, and build public confidence in justice. Newark Community Solutions builds on lessons learned from successful community courts throughout the country, which have reduced local crime, improved compliance with sanctions, and strengthened the connections between courts and communities.