Community Justice

Newark Community Solutions

Newark Community Solutions is an innovative justice project that applies a problem-solving approach to non-violent cases in Newark's Municipal Court.

Overview

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.

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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.

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Interviews

Roxann Pais Cotroneo, City Attorney, Harlingen, Texas

Roxann Pais Cotroneo, City Attorney, Harlingen, Texas

Sarah Schweig of the Center for Court Innovation talked with Roxann Pais Cotroneo, the city attorney of Harlingen, Texas about efforts to launch a community court for youth offenders.

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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.

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Interviews

Herb Sturz Sparks Innovation Behind the Scenes (Podcast)

Herb Sturz Sparks Innovation Behind the Scenes (Podcast)

Herb Sturz--the subject of a new book, A Kind of Genius, by New York Times reporter Sam Roberts--talks about innovation, the power of private-public collaborations, the founding of the Midtown Community Court, and his current work at the Open Society Institute.

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Interviews

Community Justice in Baltimore (Podcast)

Community Justice in Baltimore (Podcast)

University of Maryland Law Professor Terry Hickey discusses Baltimore's new Prostitution Court and other community justice initiatives.

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Interviews

UK's Justice Secretary Visits Red Hook (Podcast)

UK's Justice Secretary Visits Red Hook (Podcast)

Jack Straw, the United Kingdom’s justice secretary and lord chancellor, visits the Red Hook Community Justice Center.

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Publications

No Victimless Crimes: The Role of Community Impact Panels

No Victimless Crimes: The Role of Community Impact Panels

By Robin Campbell

A description of Community Impact Panels, a unique response to quality-of-life offenses piloted by the Midtown Community Court, published in Networks, the journal of the National Center for Victims of Crime. A longer version of the article is available here.

Audio

David Kennedy: Innovating New Approaches to Justice (Part II)

David Kennedy: Innovating New Approaches to Justice (Part II)

Professor David Kennedy, the director of the Center for Crime Prevention & Control at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, shares some of what he's learned about new approaches to addressing gang violence and open-air drug dealing.

Contact
  • New York
  • 520 8th Avenue
  • 18th Floor
  • New York, NY 10018
  • phone: 646.386.3100
  • Syracuse
  • One Park Place
  • 300 South State Street
  • Syracuse, NY 13202
  • phone: 315.266.4330
  • London
  • Kean House, 6 Kean Street
  • London, WC2B 4AS
  • phone: +44 2076.329.060