What We Do

Expert Assistance

The Center provides training and assistance to justice reformers inside and outside of government, both domestically and internationally. This includes a commitment to advance reform in the United Kingdom with the help of its sister agency, the Centre for Justice Innovation. Experts from the Center help innovators plan and implement new policies, practices, and technologies, both advising on proven evidence-based approaches that have been tested elsewhere and guiding the process of experimentation.

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Operating Programs

The Center conceives, plans, and operates programs that seek to test new ideas, solve difficult problems, and achieve system change. In so doing, the Center wrestles with thorny planning and implementation challenges. This experience grounds the organization in the realities of how difficult it is to alter the behavior of individuals, communities, and government bureaucracies. The Center works with a broad range of government, non-profit, and community partners. It has a particularly strong relationship with government in New York—especially the state court system, for which the Center provides ongoing strategic advice and programming. While the Center's projects cover a broad range of topics—from juvenile delinquency to the reentry of ex-offenders into society—the approach is always the same: rigorous, collaborative planning and an emphasis on using data to document results.

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The Center for Court Innovation conducts rigorous and independent research, documenting how government systems work, how neighborhoods function, and how reform efforts change things (or do not). The Center's in-house team of researchers also provides regular feedback on the results of the Center’s own operating programs. In addition to performing original research, the Center disseminates new ideas about justice reform through books, articles, videos, podcasts, blogs, social media, and other vehicles.

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