Midtown Community Court

Midtown Community Court hands out supplies during COVID-19


  • Project Reset

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


    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.

  • Publication

    Community Justice Today: Values, Guiding Principles, and Models

    In this publication, updated guiding principles build upon the foundational principles of community justice, preserve the operational flexibility that makes community justice special, and infuse new ideas and practices that are supported by research and experience. They are intended to broaden the concept of community justice to include both community courts and non-court models, offering court planners, practitioners, and communities a blueprint for building programs that meet today’s challenges.

  • 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.

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  • Shania Roseborough ’22: New York Giants Touchdown Fellowship Unlocks Life-Changing Internship

    John Jay College of Criminal Justice

    John Jay College senior Shania Roseborough is a winner of the 2021-2022 New York Giants Touchdown Fellowship, which supports year-long internships at leading criminal justice organizations. Working with the Center’s Midtown Community Court, Shania is brainstorming different ways to further improve relationships with local communities and community-based organizations and is listening to justice-impacted folks to create new solutions to the system.

  • 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.

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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.

We rely on the generosity of supporters to do the work we do.