To communicate the breadth and the impact of the work of the Center for Court Innovation, we publish Photos of the Week.
Restorative Justice in Schools
Our Restorative Justice in Schools team gives the audience a taste of one of its ice-breaker exercises at a recent meeting at the Center. We've implemented school-wide restorative justice programs in five high schools in Brooklyn, N.Y. Our researchers are evaluating the programs' effectiveness at reducing disparities in punishment by race and disability. One of the staff explained, "For some of these kids, our discussion circles are the only chance they get to really talk." Photo credit: Samiha A. Meah
Media Lab: Brownsville
John Bryant, with the tech lab at our Brownsville Community Justice Center, speaks at a recent NYC Media Lab panel on how virtual reality technology is changing our experience of urban environments. John was explaining the Justice Center’s work developing innovative technology to solve community problems and create new opportunities for youth-led community development.
A graduate of our Parent Support Program in Brooklyn addresses the crowd after receiving his diploma. In partnership with Brooklyn Family Court and the Office of Child Support Enforcement, the program helps non-custodial parents find work, increase their support payments, and engage with their children. The graduate was praised for his determination to support his child and for keeping the court informed of his progress. Photo credit: Samiha A. Meah
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams gets an introduction to a new augmented reality app created by a team of young coders at our Brownsville Community Justice Center. The app offers users a chance to reimagine under-utilized spaces in the community.
To mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month, staff of our Red Hook Community Justice Center were joined by police officers, community members, and youth program participants in a peace walk. The event was organized by Red Hook CARES, the Justice Center’s victim services program providing counseling and restorative services to individuals who have witnessed or been the victim of violence.
UPNEXT for Dads
Rahmel Warren, a participant in UPNEXT, our fatherhood engagement program, works keeping New York’s Times Square clean. A project of our Midtown Community Court, UPNEXT provides training and resources to non-custodial, often justice-involved fathers, helping them find employment and reconnect with their families. The program also offers short-term employment through a partnership with the Times Square Alliance. See here for a brief video introduction to the program. Enrollment is open for the next cycle beginning November 6: apply or make a referral online or call 646-264-1354.
Justice of a Different Feather
Ironbound Community Corporation’s LaQuan Thomas introduces one of the inhabitants of the Ironbound garden to Newark Community Solutions’ Lamar Mitchell. Our program seeks to reimagine justice in Newark, New Jersey. Photo credit: Michael Falco
First Lady Kasich
Karen Kasich, Ohio’s First Lady, speaks with the Center's director of communications, Robert V. Wolf, as Bill Harkins, our multimedia specialist, captures the interview on video. The occasion was the filming of a CATCH Court graduation in Columbus, a court serving human trafficking survivors. Kasich is a long-time supporter of the court and advocate for survivors. The CATCH Court is being featured in our video, scheduled for release next year, on prostitution diversion courts. The project is part of the Center's national training and technical assistance on justice-system responses to human trafficking.
Poverty Justice Solutions Launch
Genesis Miranda, a 2016 Poverty Justice Solutions fellow with Make the Road New York, speaks with Ignacio Jaureguilorda, the program’s director, center, and Raun Rasmussen, the executive director of Legal Services NYC, one of the fellowship’s host organizations, at a launch party for the 2017 fellows. Each year, Poverty Justice Solutions places 20 recent law school graduates in two-year fellowships with civil legal service providers in New York City. The fellows work exclusively on Housing Court cases, assisting clients who could not otherwise afford lawyers. In the previous two years, they have helped prevent more than 1200 evictions.
Rapid Response in Brownsville
Laverne Mobley, the aunt of a 19-year-old shooting victim, addresses a "rapid response" event convened in Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood by our Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) program. Mobley says her niece, who is five months pregnant, is in stable condition, and police reportedly do not believe she was the intended target. Mobley told the crowd of approximately 150, “We will not kill each other… Stand up for something, or you’re going to fall for anything." The core of S.O.S.'s work involves violence interrupters with first-hand knowledge of their communities working to mediate conflicts before they escalate.
Restorative Justice in Schools
Some of the members of our Restorative Justice in Schools project pause for a photo in the halls of the Samuel J. Tilden High School Campus in Brooklyn, N.Y. Many juvenile justice advocates highlight how standard responses to misbehavior in schools—chiefly suspensions, and the widespread adoption of zero tolerance policies—can increase a student's chances of coming into contact with the criminal justice system. Responding to these concerns, in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, we're implementing school-wide restorative justice programs in five Brooklyn public high schools. Our researchdepartment will be evaluating the effectiveness of the programs versus traditional forms of discipline over the next three years, with a focus on disparities related to race and disability.