We provide young people with meaningful alternatives to the formal justice system and engage youth voices to improve justice for all.
We operate a range of programs to improve outcomes for justice-involved young people. Our youth courts adopt a restorative approach to low-level offenses while training young people to handle real-life cases involving their peers. Founded in partnership with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, our Brooklyn Young Adult Court incorporates the latest findings on adolescent brain development to forge a new response to low-level offending by 16- to 24-year-olds. We’re also implementing restorative justice programs in five New York City schools and evaluating their effectiveness versus traditional forms of discipline. And our community justice centers offer alternative-to-incarceration and diversion programs for young people along with initiatives designed around mentoring and expanding educational and employment opportunities.
In tandem with these efforts, we focus on fostering youth leadership with initiatives such as police-teen dialogues and programs such as the Youth Justice Board and Neighborhood Youth Justice Councils that help young people research and propose solutions to the policy issues most affecting them.
Brooklyn Young Adult Court
The Brooklyn Young Adult Court seeks to provide meaningful alternatives to conventional prosecution for young people, ages 16 to 24, charged with misdemeanors.
Community Asset Mapping
Asset mapping—a strength-based approach to community development—is a core feature of the Youth Justice Board curriculum, providing Youth Justice Board members with new tools to u
Harlem Justice Corps
The Harlem Justice Corps is an intensive career and life development program for justice-involved young men and women.
Neighborhood Youth Justice Councils
To promote youth voice and participation in neighborhood-based policymaking related to social and criminal justice, to encourage and support young people to become civic leaders, and to prepa
The Center for Court Innovation uses police-youth dialogues as a means of building trust and understanding between young people and police officers in their communities.
Queens Youth Justice Center
The Queens Youth Justice Center is a community-based program that offers a range of services to local youth.
Staten Island Justice Center
The Staten Island Justice Center seeks to reduce crime and incarceration by providing court-involved participants with supportive services and engaging the community in prevention program
Sustainable Strategies Working Advisory Group
The Center is committed to building the field of youth leadership and civic engagement.
Westchester Court Education Initiative
The Westchester Court Education Initiative promotes educational stability and academic success for students involved in the Westchester Family Court.
Youth courts train teenagers to handle real-life cases involving their peers, offering a restorative response to misbehavior.
Youth Justice Board
The Youth Justice Board is an after-school leadership development program that helps New York City teenagers study a public policy issue affecting young people.
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 video provides a short and engaging introduction to Youth Reset (part of Project Reset), our program providing meaningful diversion opportunities for 16- and 17-year-olds in New York City arrested for the first time for a low-level, non-violent crime. Successful participants will never set foot in a courtroom and will have no criminal record. The video explains the requirements of the program, the opportunity to be connected with voluntary services, and the criteria for eligibility.
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.
WNYC, New York Public Radio profiles the young coders in the tech lab at our Brownsville Community Justice Center in central Brooklyn, using augmented reality to tell real Brownsville stories and imagine new possibilities for the neighborhood.
Representatives from the nine sites participating in the federal Minority Youth Violence Prevention initiative gathered in Savannah, Georgia to share accomplishments, learn from common challenges, and plan for how best to carry the work forward.