The Center for Court Innovation seeks to create multiple off-ramps from the justice system, both before and after adjudication. Young people are a particular area of focus. The Center provides a range of diversion programs in an effort to help participants avoid incarceration, the collateral consequences of justice involvement, and, in some cases, formal case processing altogether.
Created in collaboration with the New York Police Department and the Manhattan and Brooklyn District Attorneys’ Offices, Project Reset diverts young people in target neighborhoods prior to arraignment. Participants engage in services and avoid formal processing in the court system. The program is the first pre-arraignment diversion in New York City. A similar program enables young defendants to engage in a brief social service intervention on the same day as their first court appearance. Upon completion of services, their cases are immediately dismissed. The idea is to offer a proportionate response to minor misbehavior while giving participants the kind of services and support they need to get on the path to success.
The Center for Court Innovation, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Quinnipiac University School of Law, hosted Justice Innovation in Times of Change: New Challenges, New Opportunities on September 30, 2016 at the Quinnipiac University School of Law.
The one-day summit provided an opportunity for practitioners both inside and outside the justice system—including policymakers, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation officials, court administrators, police, clinical staff, and non-profit organizations—to learn about a range of topics relating to chronic lower-level offending, includind diversion. Learn more.
In The News
- Slate highlights the Center's work to promote diversion in a report on police reform in New York.
- The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange covers the Center's diversion work in Brownsville.
- The New York Times highlights a pilot electronic monitoring program, developed in collaboration with the Center for Court Innovation, that allows juvenile defendants to stay out of prison while awaiting trial.
- The New York Times describes the Red Hook Community Justice Center's success at cutting the number of people jailed, reducing recidivism, and saving money—and highlights the effort to create a similar justice center in Brownsville, Brooklyn.
- The New York Times covers a new pilot program run by the Center for Court Innovation that will allow 16- and 17-year-olds arrested for low-level offenses to be diverted from formal prosecution.
- Al Jazeera America profiles the restorative justice work of the Red Hook Peacemaking Program at the Red Hook Community Justice Center.