Community Service

Interviews

Douglas Van Dyk, Judge, Clackamas County Community Court

Douglas Van Dyk, Judge, Clackamas County Community Court

Judge Douglas Van Dyk is a Circuit Court Judge in Clackamas County, Oregon, and presides over the Overland Park Community Court, one of 10 sites to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice under its Community-Based Problem-Solving Criminal Justice Initiative. Here he speaks about the court and how it works.

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Publications

Community Justice Around the Globe: An International Overview

Community Justice Around the Globe: An International Overview

By Robert V. Wolf

A survey of community court and community prosecution programs around the world. Published in Crime & Justice International, July/August 2006, Vol. 22, No. 93.

Publications

Problem-Solving Justice: A Law School Course

Problem-Solving Justice: A Law School Course

This 14-week law school course analyzes the benefits and challenges of problem-solving justice. In addition to looking at the history and constitutional issues surrounding this topic, the course includes visits to traditional and problem-solving courts.

Publications

Justice in Red Hook

By Greg Berman and Aubrey Fox

An overview of the Red Hook Community Justice Center and the lessons learned from the Justice Center's efforts at neighborhood engagement. Published in The Justice System Journal, Volume 26, No. 1 (2005)

Publications

The Challenges of Going to Scale: Lessons from Other Disciplines for Problem-Solving Courts

The Challenges of Going to Scale: Lessons from Other Disciplines for Problem-Solving Courts

By Donald J. Farole, Jr.

A discussion of the lessons learned in going to scale with innovations in education and other fields, and what these lessons imply for state judiciaries as they seek to go to scale with problem-solving justice.

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Applying the Problem-Solving Model Outside of Problem-Solving Courts

By Francine Byrne, Donald J. Farole, Jr., Nora K. Puffett and Michael Rempel

A brief article highlighting major findings and lessons concerning the potential to apply problem-solving practices in a more in-depth way throughout the courts. Longer versions of this research are available in other publications. Published in Judicature, Volume 89, No. 1 (2005).

Interviews

Judge David Fletcher, North Liverpool Community Justice Centre

On Oct. 18, 2004, a five-person panel—which included, in an unprecedented move, two representatives of the community—selected Judge David Fletcher to preside over the North Liverpool Community Justice Centre, England’s effort to replicate the Red Hook Community Justice Center. Judge Fletcher spoke about how things had progressed.

 

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Articles

Participant and Staff Perspectives on Drug Courts

Participant and Staff Perspectives on Drug Courts

During spring and summer 2004, focus groups were conducted among the participants and court staff in three New York State drug courts. The research was designed to provide feedback about drug court operations and to assist programs by examining the extent to which participants and staff hold comparable views about various aspects of the drug court experience. In other words, do drug court participants and court staff see eye-to-eye?

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Articles

Applying the Problem-Solving Model Outside of Problem-Solving Courts

Applying the Problem-Solving Model Outside of Problem-Solving Courts

Should problem solving be encouraged in general courts? Some may object that elements of the problem solving court model are inconsistent with conventional court processes. There are also unresolved questions. What this research project makes clear, however, is that the potential exists for problem solving to be practiced both in specialized and conventional court settings.

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Vera Institute of Justice

The Vera Institute of Justice, located in New York City, develops and implements demonstration projects designed to improve the quality of the justice in the United States and elsewhere. In addition, Vera's research department conducts research and evaluation projects on a wide range of justice system innovations.

http://www.vera.org

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