Midtown Community Court

Midtown Community Court hands out supplies during COVID-19

Highlights

  • Project Reset

    Project Reset is a diversion program offering a new response to a low-level arrest that is proportionate, effective, and restorative.

  • UPNEXT

    UPNEXT is a workforce development and fatherhood engagement initiative of the Midtown Community Court.

Our Impact

  • 9,627 cases handled at the Court in 2018

  • $1.2M estimated annual savings to the justice system primarily due to the reduced use of jail

  • 1M+ Defendants have performed more than 1 million hours of community service since the Court's founding

Corey Johnson
When I visited Midtown Community Court, I was really amazed by the programs and the excellent results. People were given real assistance that helped divert them from the criminal justice system, which is exactly what we want.
Corey Johnson New York City Council Speaker

Photo Gallery

MCC staff
Twenty-Five Years Young

Midtown Community Court staff, including Judge Charlotte Davidson (far right), gather outside the courthouse as part of the festivities marking the Court's first quarter-century of operations.

 Police Community Midtown Community Court James Baldwin School
Bringing Police and Community Together

The Midtown Community Court hosts a police-community forum at James Baldwin School.

Midtown Community Court UPNEXT program
Spotlight on UPNEXT

UPNEXT staff host a presentation at the Midtown Community Court to explain their work.

National Night Out Against Crime, Midtown staff talking to community residents
National Night Out Against Crime

Midtown Community Court staff answer community members' questions during National Night Out Against Crime.

Publications & Digital Media

  • Video

    Changemakers in Action: Kristina Singleton

    Kristina Singleton works on diverting people from court into supportive or educational programming. Among the programs she works with at the Midtown Community Court are Project Reset, which offers those charged with a low-level crime the chance to avoid court and a criminal record by completing community-based programming, and a recently launched youth gun-diversion program for young people who have been arrested on gun possession charges.

  • Video

    Community First: The Right Approach to Mental Health Crises and Homelessness

    Whether it is a warm meal or a pair of shoes, we help people who are housing insecure and living with severe mental health issues address immediate needs and then work towards linking them to longer-term housing, services, and support. With programs like Community First, law enforcement no longer has to be the only response to mental health crises and homelessness.

  • Audio

    What Do We Know About Community Service?

    Community service has been a staple of sentencing in the United States for more than 50 years, yet we know surprisingly little about how it's actually being used. In Act One of this episode of New Thinking, an audio snapshot of community service at the Center for Court Innovation. In Act Two, Joanna Weiss of the Fines and Fees Justice Center offers a national perspective on community service, and the troubling findings of two new reports.

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News

  • Midtown Community Court launches specialized court focused on offenders with serious mental illnesses

    AM New York Metro

    Providing alternatives to incarceration, the Center's Midtown Community Court's new Misdemeanor Mental Health Court (MMHC) will support individuals suffering from mental illness. Low-level offenses, such as shoplifting and illegal drug use, will now have social services and community service options that are restorative to both the community and participants. The Court's Youth Part has also been expanded to include young adults ages 18 through 25, reducing the risk of recidivism by targeting the root causes for criminal justice involvement.

  • New York Is Pushing Homeless People Off the Streets. Where Will They Go?

    The New York Times

    Expounding on the many challenges when addressing housing insecurity, this New York Times article features the work of Community First, an initiative of our Midtown Community Court. The goal of Community First is to build trust with homeless populations in order to get them into longer-term housing and support. As program director Lauren Curatolo states, “We want to support you so that you eventually want to have a bed in a space.” 

  • As Times Square Makes a Comeback, It’s Time to Help Those Still Struggling

    CityLimits.org

    Many vulnerable individuals who are experiencing homelessness or are in need of other services are shuttled into the criminal justice system. In partnership with Fountain House, Breaking Ground, and the Times Square Alliance, a new community-led initiative in Times Square called Community First aims to interrupt this cycle by building trusting relationships, providing essentials, and learning more about the individual needs of our Midtown community members.

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Partners

The Court is operated as a public/private partnership among the New York State Unified Court System, the City of New York and the Center for Court Innovation. During the Court's pilot period, funding came from a mix of sources, including the federal government, local government and dozens of foundations and corporations. Social service and community service partners include dozens of community-based and government agencies.

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