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. For example, in recent months the Center has helped to convene several roundtables devoted to exploring the intersection of public safety and public health. This section of the website highlights new directions and emerging areas of interest for the Center for Court Innovation.
Is violence contagious? How does living in a crime-addled neighborhood affect a person’s health? Does improving the health of a community improve community safety? In a new effort to explore these questions, the Center for Court Innovation has been collaborating with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and The California Endowment to bring together police chiefs, public health experts, and grant-makers to discuss how law enforcement and public health might share resources and strategies to make communities safer.
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.