Building on a traditional Native American approach to justice, the Center’s peacemaking programs focus on healing and community restoration rather than punishment.
The Center for Court Innovation operates two peacemaking programs—one in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and the other in Syracuse, N.Y. Facilitated by trained peacemakers from the community, peacemaking sessions enable those affected by a dispute to “talk it out” and reach agreement about restitution and repair. In court-referred cases, the agreement is put on the record in court. The goal is to create more enduring and meaningful responses to neighborhood conflicts.
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.
Developed with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Planning a Reentry Program: A Toolkit for Tribal Communities is designed to help tribal justice system practitioners create or enhance reentry programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives returning from jail or prison. It also offers guidance for practitioners who are currently working in a reentry program.
Peacemaking is a traditional Native American approach to justice focused on healing and community restoration, rather than punishment. The Near Westside Peacemaking Project brings this practice to one of Syracuse, New York’s most distressed neighborhoods, offering community members a unique approach to addressing an array of community problems. This report describes the 24-month planning period and the first two years of program implementation, including program structure, goals, caseload, and feedback from participants.