New Directions

Overview

The context within which the Center for Court Innovation operates is constantly changing as new problems—and new ideas—emerge. Rather than shy away from this challenge, the Center actively seeks to explore new topics in justice reform. Sometimes this takes the form of a new programmatic wrinkle at a demonstration project. For example, the Center is currently testing new approaches to prostitution at several of its operating projects. In other cases, the Center explores new territory by convening experts in the field for facilitated discussions or performing new research or creating new publications. This section of the website highlights new directions and emerging areas of interest for the Center for Court Innovation.

Housing

From the mortgage crisis to landlord-tenant disputes, the Center for Court Innovation has sought solutions to complex problems involving housing.

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Retail Theft

Retail theft is often misunderstood to be a “victimless crime.” In reality, responding to retail theft is costly to public and private stakeholders, and few responses are evaluated for effectiveness or cost-efficiency. The Center for Court Innovation teamed up with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and Target to create several promising approaches that provide an alternative to the traditional justice system.

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Publications

Diverting Shoplifters: A Research Report and Planning Guide

Diverting Shoplifters: A Research Report and Planning Guide

By Emily Gold LaGratta and Julius Lang

This report outlines some of the challenges of responding to retail theft and highlights several promising approaches that provide an alternative to the traditional justice system—whether via streamlined processing or by an alternative intervention for the offender. The report concludes with a guide for jurisdictions interested in piloting a program in their community to improve the response to retail theft.

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Publications

The U.S. Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Initiative: Formative Evaluation of the Phase I Demonstration Program

The U.S. Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Initiative: Formative Evaluation of the Phase I Demonstration Program

By Rachel Swaner and Julia Kohn

This report describes the nature and scope of children's exposure to violence in eight sites nationwide that were selected to participate in the Attorney General's Defending Childhood demonstration program. This report describes the strategies the sites chose and draws key lessons from the planning phase. 

Publications

Prostitution Diversion Programs

Prostitution Diversion Programs

By Sarah Schweig, Danielle Malangone and Miriam Goodman

Many communities across the country grapple with how best to respond to prostitution.

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Addressing Foreclosed and Abandoned Properties

Addressing Foreclosed and Abandoned Properties

By Roxann Pais and Robert V. Wolf

The strategies in this guide—which have been culled from real-life approaches across the U.S.—are intended to assist law enforcement and government agencies seeking to prevent property abandonment and lessen problems when abandonment occurs.

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