What We Do

Demonstration Projects

The Center creates new programs that test innovative approaches to public safety problems. Underlying this work is the idea that, rather than simply processing cases, the justice system should seek to change the behavior of offenders, enhance the safety of victims and improve public trust in justice. 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 and ensure accountability. The Center's operating programs projects have achieved tangible results like safer streets, reduced incarceration, and improved neighborhood quality of life.

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Expert Assistance

The Center for Court Innovation provides hands-on, expert assistance to reformers—criminal justice officials, community organizations, and policymakers—around the world. Our staff provides guidance on assessing public safety problems and crafting workable, practical solutions. Having launched dozens of innovative criminal and juvenile justice initiatives in New York, we know first-hand the nut-and-bolts steps of getting a new project off the ground—from performing a rigorous community needs assessment to overcoming logistical obstacles to figuring out how to measure impacts. We are currently working with innovators both in the United States and internationally to help create new responses to problems like drugs, domestic violence, delinquency, neighborhood disorder, and the over-use of incarceration.

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Research, evaluation, and dissemination play an essential role in the Center for Court Innovation's brand of justice reform. The Center uses a variety of research methodologies to evaluate whether new initiatives are successful or not, to identify areas for improvement and to document lessons for innovators around the world. The Center's research department contains more than a dozen social scientists who perform quantitative and qualitative studies. The Center shares its findings in a variety of formats, from academic publications geared to a research audience to how-to manuals for busy frontline justice system professionals to op-eds intended for the general public. While the means of dissemination may vary, the underlying goal is always the same: to use information to improve the fairness and effectiveness of the justice system.

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