With each different t-shirt color representing one of the Center’s programs, teams working on community development and crime prevention in all five boroughs and upstate New York came together at John Jay College to connect through the common themes of their work and to share potential solutions to the challenges they face.
Honoring Judge Robert G.M. Keating
Judge Robert G.M. Keating was a driving force behind the creation of Midtown Community Court, and he left an indelible mark on criminal justice reform in New York City. In a ceremony at Midtown Community Court, guests and family gathered to honor his contributions and dedicate the courtroom there to his legacy. Pictured left to right: Greg Berman, Center for Court Innovation; Mary McCormick, Fund for the City of New York; Former New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman; New York State Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks; Mary Lou Keating; and Judy H. Kluger, Midtown's first presiding judge.
Strengthening Judicial Leadership on Domestic Violence
Judge Statia Hendrix of Scottsdale Municipal Court in Arizona discusses how judges can address domestic violence in the community while maintaining their judicial independence. Hendrix is among the 14 fellows of the Judicial Engagement Network’s inaugural fellowship program. The 14 fellows recently attended a training at the Center for Court Innovation as part of the program’s efforts to strengthen judicial leadership and community engagement around domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Quick, Design a Campaign!
Members of our Youth Justice Board work on a "rapid campaign" exercise. The exercise is designed to help Board members make substantive decisions while working collaboratively with adults. The Youth Justice Board is an after-school leadership program helping New York City teenagers study a public policy issue affecting young people. Previous cohorts have taken on issues such as the intersection between youth homelessness and the justice system, and police-youth relations.
"I wanted my story to inspire those young people who are so full of promise and potential...challenging the norms and changing the world with their brilliance... at Neighbors in Action I have been able to do more." Rahson Johnson of our Neighbors in Action was honored as a 2019 PASEsetter, an award from the Partnership for After School Education that honors five of the city’s most innovative and effective afterschool educators.
NY1’s Errol Louis moderates a panel at the Robin Hook Foundation about new ways of defining and maintaining safety that we co-sponsored with the Decarcerated podcast. Panelists are, from left, Amy Ellenbogen of Neighbors in Action, Erica Mateo of the Center for Court Innovation, Marlon Peterson of the Decarcerated podcast, and Mark Winston Griffith of the Brooklyn Movement Center.
Honoring Dr. King with a Day of Service
To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Red Hook Community Justice Center holds a day of service, giving out over 150 winter coats to those in need. The Justice Center’s AmeriCorps members, community service participants, and staff served cookies and hot cocoa while helping neighbors try on and select their coats.
Addressing Urgent Housing Needs
Our Harlem Justice Community Center hosts local service providers to discuss housing needs for people returning from incarceration. Jennie Kim of Legal Hand says the need for housing is urgent: “Formerly incarcerated people are almost 10 times more likely to be homeless than the general public.”
Midtown at 25
At a celebration of the Midtown Community Court’s 25th anniversary, Court Director Sherene Crawford, right, moderates a discussion among John Feinblatt, Karol Mason, Calder Zwicky, and Rachael Barnard about the court’s history and impact, as well as the intersection of criminal justice and art. The discussion was held at the Museum of Modern Art.
Enhancing Constitutional Protections
The Center for Court Innovation's Research-Practice Strategies team spent three days in Guam working with justice-system stakeholders to enhance constitutional protections found in the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In this picture, local practitioners are brainstorming system improvements that can be made to ensure right to counsel, speedy trial, and other portions of the amendment.
25 Years of Problem-Solving Justice
Midtown Community Court is celebrating its 25th anniversary this fall. As highlighted in U.S. News & World Report, the court’s problem-solving model of responding to low-level crime with social services and community restitution projects has inspired more than 70 similar initiatives across the U.S.