Speaking at John Jay College on criminal justice reform, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson called for the citywide expansion of our Project Reset, stating that, where intervention is needed, diversion, treatment, and rehabilitation, not incarceration, should be the default response for most criminal cases.
Justice in NYC: Where We've Been and Where We're Going
Leaders from government, academia, and the non-profit sector joined us at the New York Law School to discuss reductions in crime and incarceration in New York City over the last five years, and what the future of criminal justice and public safety could look like. This event was co-sponsored by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. Photo credit: Vicente Gonzalez
Spirit of Queens
The Queens Youth Justice Center held its Spirit of Queens festival as part of its inaugural Spirit Week. Throughout the week, the Jamaica, Queens, community participated in events that included a health and wellness fair, a day of games, and job fair.
Art as a Diversion
Cherrye Davis, a teaching artist, leads a group through an exhibit at the New Museum as part of Project Reset Manhattan’s innovative response to an arrest. Rather than go to court, participants resolve their cases and avoid a criminal record by engaging in a gallery walk, arts activities, and immersive conversations that encourage self-reflection and community building.
Strength in Numbers… and Colors
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.