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.
Newark Introduces Court Program to Offer Community Service for Minor Offenses
The Star-Ledger, 17 June 2011
The Star-Ledger covers the unveiling of New Jersey's first community court, Newark Community Solutions.
Midtown Court Helps Ex-Criminals Become Better Dads
DNAinfo, 11 April 2011
Through two community programs, Dads United for Parenting and Times Square Ink, the Midtown Community Court helps fathers with criminal histories.