Crime Prevention

Interviews

Dan Weitz, Statewide Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator, New York Office Of Court Administration

Dan Weitz, Statewide Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator, New York Office Of Court Administration

Dan Weitz oversees dispute resolution programs for the New York court system. Here he talks about mediation.

 

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Articles

Crown Heights Community Mediation Center: Community Assessment and Perceptions

In Spring 2003, the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center conducted a formal survey to assess the needs and concerns of the Crown Heights, Brooklyn, community, as well as to gauge the community’s use and awareness of the Mediation Center. The Operation Data survey provided a forum for community members to voice their concerns about issues of quality of life, safety, services, conflict, and diversity in their neighborhood.

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Articles

Community Impact Panels

In order to sanction offenders who commit certain low-level offenses and educate them about the effects of their actions, planners at Midtown Community Court came up with the idea of Community Impact Panels: mediated sessions in which community members meet with offenders to discuss the impact of their offenses on the community.

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Articles

Strengthening Communities: Mediation in Crown Heights

The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center follows a model of community-based mediation and uses it to address community conflict in Crown Heights. “Having a forum where [community members] can go to air their differences can relieve a lot of the tension that might otherwise build up,” Maureen O’Connor, a volunteer mediator, explained. “Even when the mediation session doesn’t end in a reconciliation, … it can diffuse a lot of antagonism.”

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Links

New York Peace Institute

The mission of the New York Peace Institute, formerly Safe Horizon Mediation Program, is to provide support, prevent violence, and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities. Its site details its advocacy and policy while also offering resources for victims, including information on the Mediation Program, which helps community members resolve their disputes before they get to court.

http://nypeace.org/

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Association for Conflict Resolution

The Association for Conflict Resolution is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. Its site details the association—its membership, programs, and conferences—while the online library offers a wide range of articles, publications, newsletters, and research studies about conflict resolution.

http://www.acrnet.org/

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Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts is an international and interdisciplinary association of family, court, and community professionals dedicated to the constructive resolution of family disputes. This site describes the association and its various training programs, and houses the Family Court Review journal.

http://www.afccnet.org/

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Conflict Resolution Information Source

This is a comprehensive information site that provides numerous links and resources for adversaries, bystanders, students, educators, practitioners, and researchers. Among other things, users can learn more about conflict resolution, browse all resources, link to conflict-related news, and connect to a network of people working in the field.

http://www.crinfo.org/

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Victim Offender Mediation Association

The Victim Offender Mediation Association is an international membership association that supports and assists people and communities working at restorative models of justice. It provides resources, training, and technical assistance in victim-offender mediation, conferencing, circles, and related practices. Its web site features restorative justice fact sheets, articles, and newsletters.

http://www.voma.org/

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American Arbitration Association

The American Arbitration Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development and widespread use of prompt, effective and economical methods of dispute resolution. Its site is full of information about all forms of dispute prevention and resolution, including mediation, arbitration, fact-finding, partnering, dispute review boards and other related alternative dispute resolution processes.

http://www.adr.org/

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