We have developed a range of programs to improve how the justice system works with parents and children.
Our parenting programs link participants to community-based agencies to help enhance their ability to support and care for their children. In Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and Syracuse, we help justice-involved, non-custodial parents gain both life and work skills. We also seek to provide children greater protection and improving the accountability and responsiveness of the child welfare system. Our Strong Starts Court Initiative, for example, works with Family Court-involved infants in the Bronx, offering tailored service plans and access to a network of community-based providers.
Midtown Community Court
The Midtown Community Court is one of the country's first problem-solving courts. It provides alternatives to fines and jail as a response to low-level crime.
Parent Support Program
The Parent Support Program works with non-custodial parents to help them find employment, increase child support payments, and engage with their children.
Strong Starts Court Initiative
The Strong Starts Court Initiative enhances the capacity of Family Court to bring positive changes to court-involved babies and their families.
UPNEXT is a workforce development and fatherhood engagement initiative of the Midtown Community Court.
Westchester Court Education Initiative
The Westchester Court Education Initiative promotes educational stability and academic success for students involved in the Westchester Family Court.
With funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Center for Court Innovation conducted a multi-site study designed to increase scientific knowledge concerning youth involvement in the sex trade. Nearly 1,000 youth, ages 13-24, were interviewed across six sites on subjects including entry into the sex trade, earning a living, finding customers, involvement of pimps and market facilitators, health issues and service needs, interactions with law enforcement, and outlook for the future.
This report presents the findings and recommendations of the Youth Justice Board, a youth leadership program that gives teenagers an opportunity to inform public debate about issues that affect them. During the 2016-17 school year, members examined the intersection between youth homelessness and the justice system in New York City in order to identify opportunities to better support homeless youth, reduce their interactions with the justice system, and prevent homelessness in the future.