Community Service

Articles

Buffalo’s C.O.U.R.T.S. (Court Outreach Unit: Referral and Treatment Services) Program

For courts with limited resources that are interested in problem-solving, Buffalo (N.Y.) City Court offers an intriguing model. With no extra funds, in 1995 the court began to identify defendants’ social problems and link them to needed services. Today, Buffalo’s innovative C.O.U.R.T.S. (Court Outreach Unit: Referral and Treatment Services) program links together more than 130 community-based providers and makes more than 6,000 referrals a year.

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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

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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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

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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Links

William & Mary Law School

The Therapeutic Jurisprudence Program at William & Mary Law School provides an opportunity for law students, lawyers and judges to examine the theoretical and practical ideas associated with therapeutic jurisprudence.

http://law.wm.edu/academics/intellectuallife/researchcenters/tjprogram/index.php

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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