Photo of the Week

  • new specialized court for responding to violence against women in Guatemala

    Enhancing Guatemala's Courts

    Liberty Aldrich, the director of our domestic violence and family court programs, receives a piece of the ribbon from the ribbon-cutting for the new specialized court for responding to violence against women in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Handing her the ribbon is Dr. Josué Felipe Baquiax Baquiax, a justice on the country’s Supreme Court. In the center is Julius Lang, our director of training and technical assistance. The Center is assisting in a four-year program to enhance the performance of Guatemalan courts through USAID's Youth and Gender Justice Project.

  • To Be Fair Book-Launch

    To Be Fair

    The Center for Court Innovation held a book-launch for To Be Fair: Conversations About Procedural Justice. The book is a compilation of interviews with more than 20 practitioners working on the ground to improve perceptions of fairness in the justice system. A first for the Center, the event was live-streamed, a recording of which can be seen here. Pictured left to right, are Emily Gold LaGratta, our director of procedural justice initiatives, along with three of the people interviewed in the book: Barbara Marcille, the trial court administrator for Oregon’s Multnomah County; Melba Pearson, the deputy director of the ACLU of Florida; and Steve Leben, a judge on the Kansas Court of Appeals. Visit our procedural justice page to see all of our resources, including a handy three-minute animated video introducing the topic, and an online training on implicit bias.

  • Lavon Walker Jr. dance tribute SOS Talent Show

    Dancing for Dad

    At a recent Save Our Streets, 'Stop Shooting, Start Living' talent show in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Lavon Walker Jr. performs a dance tribute to his father to the music of Michael Jackson. Lavon Walker was a founding member of S.O.S. in Crown Heights who was fatally shot in Miami last year. More than 300 people attended the show, with a number of performances addressing the effects of gun violence and the importance of S.O.S.'s work to engage its community. (Photo courtesy of Sina Basila.)

  • BJI and Recess art program collaboration

    Art vs. Prison

    Participants and supporters of an arts program for court-involved youth in Brooklyn workshop a performance exploring the most important moment surrounding a young man’s arrest. A collaboration between Brooklyn Justice Initiatives and Recess, the program gives young people charged with misdemeanors the option of participating in a curriculum of art and performance education, after which prosecutors can choose to dismiss and seal their cases. Several participants from the first cohort to complete the program elected to do additional, optional work, including the public workshop pictured here. A second cohort gets underway at the end of this week. (Photo courtesy of Alloy/Kaz Sakuma.)

  • Child Witness Materials Development Project

    Help for Child Witnesses

    Participants at a recent meeting convened by the Center for Court Innovation brainstorm different strategies for preparing children to testify in court. The meeting was part of the Child Witness Materials Development Project, funded by the Office for Victims of Crime, a component of the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice. Experts came from all over the country to discuss how to develop materials to support child witnesses and victims who testify in court, as well as provide guidance for caregivers and justice personnel who help to prepare them.

  • Senator Michael Gianaris Queens

    Your Serve, Senator!

    New York State Senator Michael Gianaris recently dropped by our Queens Youth Justice Center. Along with several rounds of ping-pong, Senator Gianaris also spoke with some of the young people enrolled in the Alternative-to-Detention program and was an enthusiastic participant in a session of the Neighborhood Youth Justice Council. The Council is a forum for young people to address neighborhood challenges in collaboration with partners from justice and law enforcement.

  • Lippman Roundtable

    Community Voices on Rikers

    People in the Bronx line up to express their views at a recent community roundtable convened by the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform. The Commission is tasked with outlining a comprehensive strategy for reducing the city’s jail population. The Center for Court Innovation is coordinating a multi-agency team charged with staffing the Commission. The final roundtable event is March 15 on Staten Island (details here). The Commission’s final report is expected in April.

  • Supervised Release Program

    A Better Alternative to Bail

    At a recent meeting at the Center, Jamaal Anderson, a client of our supervised release program at Bronx Community Solutions, explained the difference the program has made in his life. Many people are detained awaiting trial simply because they cannot afford bail. As an alternative to detention, the program provides supervision and voluntary social services to eligible participants charged with misdemeanor and non-violent felony offenses. The Center operates programs in BrooklynStaten Island, and the Bronx. Speaking of his social worker, John Megaw, right, Jamaal noted, "having someone there to steer you in the right direction really was a big help for me. I had to not let him down, as well as myself."

  • Stop Shooting. Start Living.

    Stop Shooting, Start Living

    Eric Cumberbatch of the Mayor’s Office to Prevent Gun Violence speaks at a recent event celebrating 400 days and counting without a shooting incident or homicide in or near the Albany Houses in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The area is covered by S.O.S. Brooklyn whose outreach teams mediate conflicts that may end in gun violence and act as peer counselors for community members at risk of committing, or being the victims of, violence. #StopShootingStartLiving

  • Bridging the Gap

    Bridging the Gap

    As part of our focus on enhancing trust in justice, the Red Hook Community Justice Center recently hosted its third 'Bridging the Gap' event. The series brings together local police, young people, and community members to facilitate conversation and break down stereotypes. The theme of this event was 'Game Night,' and was attended by more than 100 people, including about 25 officers. Seen here is Officer Fuentes of the 72nd Precinct in conversation with one of the evening's participants. Click here for more information on the evening. (Photo credit by Lauren Henschel.)

  • BCS Community Advisory Board

    Community Advisory Board

    Bronx Community Solutions recently hosted its bi-annual Community Advisory Board meeting. The gathering provided an opportunity for community partners, service providers, supporters, and staff to network, address areas of need in the Bronx, and hear about the work Bronx Community Solutions is doing in the courts and the community.

  • Inside the #CLOSErikers Campaign

    Inside the #CLOSErikers Campaign

    Glenn Martin, founder of Just Leadership USA and the #CLOSErikers campaign, speaking recently at the Center for Court Innovation.