How does a radical idea become policy? And what can we take from the achievements of the campaign to close New York City's notorious Rikers Island jail facility that might help us confront other problems? In the Daily News, our director, Greg Berman, reflects on a landmark day in New York City criminal justice reform.
Project Reset expands to all of Brooklyn in partnership with the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office and the Brooklyn Museum. Our program allows people arrested for low-level offenses to participate in an art course and avoid court and a criminal record.
People arrested for low-level crimes in Brooklyn are getting a chance to avoid the court system if they participate in an art course offered by our Project Reset. A a two-hour class at the Brooklyn Museum helps them reflect on justice and accountability.
Project Reset's goal is “ending a criminal justice system that turns minor offenses, minor crimes into lifelong problems,” New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said at an event at the Brooklyn Museum that marked the citywide expansion of the program.
In an effort to improve fairness, a Manhattan courthouse made physical improvements to the building itself and implemented changes in how judges and court officers interacted with visitors. The Crime Report highlights findings from our recent study that these efforts aren't enough on their own to change perceptions of the justice system.
A profile of the peacemaking program at our Red Hook Community Justice Center, where storytelling moves justice "towards reconciliation and rehabilitation." Sessions led by trained facilitators bring together everyone involved in a case, offering them a chance to apologize and a chance to forgive.
In a "Victory Over Violence" segment on News Channel 9, Syracuse reporter Jennifer Sanders talks with Leah Russell of our Near Westside Peacemaking Project about the community-based conflict resolution work in the neighborhood and a resident-led community impact team to empower residents to enact change.
Electronic monitoring is a vast umbrella of technologies and goals, our director of technology Shubha Bala explains in Law360, and in addition to regulation, there needs to be clarity about its expected outcomes.
In certain jurisdictions, domestic violence survivors can seek temporary restraining orders via video conferencing tools. The technology is become more widely available and can ease the first step of receiving services to "dramatically improve their ability to feel safe," according to our managing director and general counsel Liberty Aldrich.