Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our staff and the communities and people we serve. We're committed to continuing our work throughout the pandemic—however it can be safely accomplished.
As the virus took hold across the United States, we moved rapidly to transition our work to a remote model, minimizing person-to-person contact while continuing to be available to those who need our help now more than ever. Through weekly calls and webinars, we are providing jurisdictions around the country with advice and support as they adapt to the crisis. In New York City, our social workers and case managers are supporting people just released from jail. Our teams are also working closely with city agencies to deliver food and necessities to the most high-risk residents. In May, staff from throughout the Center handed out more than 60,000 masks across the city.
Our more than 600 staff work each year with tens of thousands of people affected by the justice system. Read more below about how that work is continuing.
Updates and Resources
For current hours, program updates, and contact information for our operating sites, please see COVID-19: Program Updates and Contact Information.
- Reducing Incarceration in a Crisis: Rikers Early Release Program Promotes Health & Safety
New York City turned to us and other nonprofits for remote supervision and referrals to services for people released early from jail. Results show the program is reducing health risks while also ensuring public safety.
- Project Reset: Resolving Criminal Cases in a Pandemic
Thousands of court cases are being delayed across the country by the coronavirus, but our Project Reset continues to help people resolve their cases virtually.
- The COVID Crisis: Red Hook Justice Center Assesses (and Responds to) Community Needs
Even with all its staff working from home, the Red Hook Community Justice Center is continuing to engage clients and the community.
- In Practice: Courts Respond as COVID-19 Fuels Rise in Domestic Violence
Four practitioners in courts across the U.S. share how they are responding to—and reducing the incidence of—domestic violence, which has been spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. [Recorded 3/31]
- In Practice: COVID-19 and the Challenge for Court-Involved Families
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, New York City Family Court is currently limited to “essential” business. Kate Wurmfeld, our director of Family Court Operations, talks about the challenges and changing circumstances for courts and families dealing with remote hearings, coordinating visitation, and accessing services. [Recorded 3/24]
- In Practice: Drug Courts in the Time of COVID-19
To help courts react to coronavirus, our director of Treatment Court programs, Annie Schacher, discusses advice for drug treatment court practitioners to help them respond to the changing circumstances. [Recorded 3/18]