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.

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News

  • 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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