Victoria is to get a speedy "one-stop" court handling everything from family disputes and tenancy complaints to minor crimes and civil cases. The court, part of a new Neighbourhood Justice Centre, could handle cases within a two day period.
ROBERT D. REISCHAUER, Urban Institute: I'm Bob Reischauer. I'm the president of the Urban Institute and I want to welcome you all to this First Tuesday forum. The First Tuesdays are occasions in which the Urban Institute invites a knowledgeable audience and people with different perspectives to discuss issues that have a bearing on the type of research that we're doing here. And we are very fortunate today to have a very particularly distinguished panel, and I will introduce them in the order in which they are going to speak.
"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.