"Order in my court!" snaps the judge, all of 15 years old. "Everybody, stop flying around in my court!" She raps her gavel on the bench. The rambunctious jurors stop flirting with one another, and peace is restored. It's a typical evening at the Harlem Youth Court, where neighborhood teenagers act as judge, jury, and lawyers at trials of peers.
The Center for Court Innovation sponsored a Congressional briefing on June 7, 2010, on the topic of "Innovation in Hard Times: How to Reduce both Crime and Incarceration." Greg Berman questioned a panel of four experts, including New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, on the topic of reducing crime and incarceration.
This report provides the results of a regular community survey focusing on perceptions of neighborhood quality of life, public safety, and criminal justice agencies in Red Hook, Brooklyn, a geographically and socially isolated neighborhood that is home to the Red Hook Community Justice Center. The findings show many positive changes since previous survey administrations.
In July 2010, the Urban Institute organized a forum to explore the lessons to be learned from failed public policies and programs. Trial and Error in Criminal Justice Reform, the Center's book on failure was featured at the event.
The National Center for Juvenile and Family Court Judges magazine features a story by an Arizona judge who has replicated our Passport to Adulthood, a tool that helps judges aid young people aging out of foster care (see p. 22).