Newark Community Solutions

Newark Community Solutions


  • Youth Court

    Youth courts train teenagers to handle real-life cases involving their peers, offering a restorative response to misbehavior.

Our Impact

  • 17,742 hours of community service performed by defendants in 2016

  • 1,256 cases in which defendants completed community-based mandates in lieu of being sentenced to jail or fines in 2016

  • 75% of Newark community members surveyed report holding positive views of alternative sentences for low-level offenses

Yaniris Gomez
“It’s extremely gratifying to work for an organization that uses creative solutions to address modern issues in criminal justice reform.”
Yaniris Gomez Senior Clinical Specialist

Photo Gallery

Ironbound Community Corporation
Something to Crow About

Ironbound Community Corporation’s LaQuan Thomas introduces one of the inhabitants of the Ironbound garden to Alternative Sanctions Specialist Lamar Mitchell.

Tonya Tucker, Victim Services Coordinator
Outstanding Contributor

Tonya Tucker, our victim services coordinator, was nominated as one of "100 People of Newark" for her outstanding contributions to the community.

Newark Community Solutions Youth Court
Youth Court Now in Session!

Newark's Youth Court trains young people to adjudicate real-life cases involving their peers while taking a restorative approach to misbehavior.

Newark Adopt-A-Lot
Community Service

Alternative Sanctions Specialist Trevor Powell works alongside clients performing community service in an Adopt-A-Lot vegetable garden.

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Newark Community Solutions is an initiative of the City of Newark and the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts, in collaboration with the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. Newark Community Solutions is supported by the City of Newark and its Municipal Council, the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey,  the PSEG Foundation, Rutgers University, and the Whole Cities Foundation.

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