To communicate the breadth and the impact of the work of the Center for Court Innovation, we publish Photos of the Week.
Students Study Innovative Justice
Students from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in Victoria, Australia, visited our programs to learn how we engage communities. During a week-long tour, they visited our Newark Community Solutions and Express Newark, a Rutgers University program focused on local issues and leaders, community art spaces, and programs that work with incarcerated youth.
The Bronx Rocks Da Block
Bronx Community Solutions’ Rock Da Block party included an official ribbon cutting ceremony of the new neighborhood program site with Council Member Vanessa Gibson and Judge George Grasso and a graduation of the first cohort of Youth Court members. Three hundred friends and neighbors came out for games, food, face painting, and festivities. Photo credit: William Harkins
Youth Perspectives on Social Media, Privacy, and Surveillance
The Youth Justice Board spent the school year researching the impact of social media on young people. At their year-end presentation, they shared detailed policy recommendations—including developing a statewide curriculum and local legislation—to address issues like privacy and surveillance. Board member Alexis explains the rules of an interactive game that helps audience members understand the decisions and consequences facing teens every day. Photo credit: Samiha A. Meah
Humanizing Jails and Prisons
James Jeter, a Justice Fellow with Propel Capital and partner at Blue Ribbon Strategies, shares his ideas at our recent summit Humanizing American Jails and Prisons. The summit, which drew participants from around the world, was hosted with the support of The David Rockefeller Fund and The Langeloth Foundation. Photo credit: Samiha A. Meah
Liberty Aldrich Receives Kathryn A. McDonald Award
Presented by New York's Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, the Center for Court Innovation’s Managing Director Liberty Aldrich was awarded the Kathryn A. McDonald Award from the New York City Bar for her service to New York City Family Court. The prize honors not just Liberty's work at the Center—on Strong Starts Court Initiative, Parent Support Program, and Integrated Domestic Violence courts, among others—but her entire career, including her work to create LIFT, which provides resources and legal assistance to families navigating Family Court. Photo credit: Gene Sorkin
'Bridging the Gap' Between Police and Youth
The Red Hook Community Justice Center regularly holds ‘Bridging the Gap’ events to build positive relationships between police and youth. At Boys and Girls High School, officers and young people engage in dialogue facilitated by the Justice Center’s AmeriCorps team.
Celebrating Greg Berman's 25 Years
Director Greg Berman celebrated 25 years at the Center for Court Innovation with a candid talk led by Center alum Chris Watler, the New York State director of the Center for Employment Opportunities. The discussion ranged from his beginnings as an intern at Midtown Community Court to the changes he has seen growing the organization to a team of over 500.
Expanding Project Reset Citywide
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. Photo credit: Michael Falco
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. Photo credit: Michael Falco
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. Photo credit: Kwesi Johnson