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.
Neighbors in Action
After 20 years serving residents of Brooklyn, N.Y., our Crown Heights Community Mediation Center is getting a new name: Neighbors in Action. The new name reflects the change in the program’s focus—from its original emphasis on mediating conflict to its current work preventing gun violence, providing trauma support services, running youth leadership development programs, and offering free legal information. Lavon Walker Jr., whose father worked for the program as an anti-violence advocate and was killed last year while vacationing in Miami, cut the ribbon at a ceremony outside the program’s Crown Heights storefront.
Bringing Health Home
A group of Brownsville, Brooklyn, residents of all ages launched a “pop-up” fitness program called B-FIT to promote health and wellness. Developed in collaboration with our Brownsville Community Justice Center, the program includes healthful food and fitness equipment that can be brought to neighborhood events. Organizers were inspired by the neighborhood’s alarming health indicators, including high rates of infant mortality, pre-term births, psychiatric hospitalizations, and avoidable diabetes hospitalizations.
Michael K. Williams in Red Hook
The Red Hook Community Justice Center hosted Emmy-nominated actor and Brooklyn-native Michael K. Williams ('The Wire,' 'The Night Of,' and many more) for a screening of his documentary 'Raised in the System' at the Red Hook Labs. The film explores the roots of mass incarceration through the lens of the juvenile justice system. The audience of more than 100 people included 25 youth currently serving sentences in non-secure detention facilities. Williams (far left) was joined by Dominic Dupont, who was granted clemency by Governor Cuomo after serving 20 years in prison, and Derrick Hamilton, who was exonerated for murder after serving 21 years.
Hear ye, hear ye!
With the opening of the Bronx Youth Court, we now run youth courts in all five boroughs of New York City and in Newark, New Jersey. Youth courts train teens to handle real-life cases involving their peers, taking a restorative approach to misbehavior. Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark and Supervising Bronx County Judge George Grasso congratulate youth court members at their induction ceremony.
Parkland Students Visit the South Bronx
Survivors of February's fatal school shooting in Parkland, Fla., including David Hogg (foreground in backwards cap), join members of our Save Our Streets gun violence-prevention program for an outreach walk through the South Bronx. Hogg is a leading voice of 'March For Our Lives,' currently on a national tour to rally support for gun control and encourage more young people to vote. (Photo: Joe Martin/Keyz 2 Life Media)
A Cut Above
New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore (with scissors) helps celebrate the launch of Legal Hand in the Bronx. After extensive training, community volunteers at Legal Hand’s storefront offices in the neighborhoods of Highbridge and Tremont provide free legal information and referrals to their neighbors. With DiFiore, from left, are Bronx Deputy Borough President Marricka Scott-McFadden, Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner, and Volunteer Coordinator Erica Maldonado.