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Publications

Problem-Solving and the American Bench: A National Survey of Trial Court Judges

Problem-Solving and the American Bench: A National Survey of Trial Court Judges

By Francine Byrne, Yueh-Wen Chang, Donald J. Farole, Jr. and Michael Rempel

A nationwide survey of more than 1,000 trial court judges concerning their attitudes and practices with respect to problem-solving.

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Five Reasons Why Judges Should Become More Involved in Establishing, Leading, and Participating on Collaborative, Policy-Focused Teams

This paper, published by the Center for Effective Public Policy, outlines five principal reasons why judicial leadership is critical to the successful investigation and resolution of complex issues.

http://www.wicourts.gov/about/organization/programs/docs/judgerolereport.pdf

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Bronx Community Solutions Blog

Changing the Court is a chronicle of how a group of planners and practitioners are attempting to change the Bronx court system's approach to low-level criminal offending.

http://changingthecourt.blogspot.com/

Books

Good Courts: The Case for Problem-Solving Justice

Good Courts: The Case for Problem-Solving Justice

By Greg Berman and John Feinblatt

American criminal courts are in desperate need of reform. Public confidence in justice is at an all-time low. Victims, communities and even offenders see courts as unable to respond effectively to complex social and legal problems like drugs, domestic violence and quality-of-life crime. Even many judges and attorneys think that the courts produce assembly line justice.

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Publications

Expanding the Use of Problem Solving: The U.S. Department of Justice’s Community-Based Problem-Solving Criminal Justice Initiative

Expanding the Use of Problem Solving: The U.S. Department of Justice’s Community-Based Problem-Solving Criminal Justice Initiative

By Robert V. Wolf

An in-depth look at the 10 projects awarded grants under the Bureau of Justice Assistance's Community-Based Problem-Solving Criminal Justice Initiative.

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Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: Lessons from Problem-Solving Courts

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: Lessons from Problem-Solving Courts

By Robert V. Wolf

A review of nine practical strategies to break down the conceptual and in some cases practical barriers that separate specialized courts from each other and the world of problem-solving from traditional courts.

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Procedural Fairness: A Key Ingredient in Public Satisfaction

Produced by the American Judges Association, this white paper contends that judges can improve public satisfaction with the courts by improving perceptions of procedural fairness. It summarizes key research and makes recommendations for judges, courts, court leaders, and others.

http://aja.ncsc.dni.us/htdocs/AJAWhitePaper9-26-07.pdf

Publications

Trial and Error: Failure and Innovation in Criminal Justice Reform

By Greg Berman, Phillip Bowen and Adam Mansky

The National Association of Probation Executives published this paper on failure. The product of semi-structured interviews with criminal justice experts, researchers and practitioners, as well as a review of the literature on failure, it seeks to provoke debate as to why some criminal justice reforms work and why some do not.

Publications

Learning from Failure: A Roundtable on Criminal Justice Innovation

By Greg Berman

An edited transcript from a day-long roundtable that brought together judges, court administrators, probation officials, prosecutors, police chiefs and defense attorneys from across the country to discuss lessons they have learned from projects that did not succeed.

Interviews

Theron Bowman, Chief of Police, Arlington, Texas

Theron Bowman, Chief of Police, Arlington, Texas

Theron Bowman began his law enforcement career with the Arlington Police Department in Arlington, Texas—a city of over 300,000—nearly 25 years ago, just before its community policing program began. He has been chief of police since 1999. In January 2007, he participated in a roundtable, assembled by the Center for Court Innovation and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, to discuss failure and innovation in criminal justice, a transcript of which is scheduled to be published in the first issue of the Journal of Court Innovation in the fall of 2007.

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