Project Reset

Project Reset staff in session

Our Impact

  • 4x Project Reset participants were four times less likely than matched comparison defendants to be convicted on a new arrest at one year.

  • 186 On average, Project Reset cases were resolved 186 days more quickly than cases handled by traditional prosecution.

  • 96% of participants said they would recommend Project Reset to others.

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I feel like whoever made this program was a genius at giving people second chances and the push they may need. I’m happy I did this and shout out to the officer that put me in this.
Adolescent participant in our Project Reset programming

Publications & Digital Media

  • Publication

    Fact Sheet: Project Reset

    Project Reset is a diversion program operating in three of New York City's five boroughs offering a new response to low-level offending that is proportionate, effective, and restorative. Participants who complete brief community-based programming avoid a criminal record without ever setting foot in a courtroom.

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    Art vs. Mass Incarceration

    Can art transform the criminal justice system? On this special edition of New Thinking, host Matt Watkins sits down with two New York City artists on the rise—Derek Fordjour and Shaun Leonardo—who both work with our Project Reset to provide an arts-based alternative to court and a criminal record for people arrested on a low-level charge. With the program set to expand city-wide, the three discuss art's potential to help heal a racialized criminal justice system.

  • Publication

    Project Reset: An Evaluation of a Pre-Arraignment Diversion Program in New York City

    Project Reset seeks to provide a more proportionate and meaningful response to low-level offending by offering individuals with no prior arrests the opportunity to avoid prosecution and the collateral consequences of justice-involvement. This report evaluates the program pilot for 16- and 17-year-olds in Manhattan. Results point to positive impacts overall: participants had fewer new arrests and convictions and spent longer periods without experiencing a new arrest. Nearly all of the participants reported they would recommend the program to others.

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News

  • In NYC, Art Class Instead of Prosecution

    CityLab

    A profile of two participants of Project Reset, an early diversion program that provides individuals arrested on low-level, non-violent misdemeanors an alternative to appearing in court and a way out of having a criminal record. As one notes, “Because once you get something on your record, you’re just viewed a different way.”

  • Alternatives Available for "Crimes of Poverty"

    THE CITY

    Low-level crimes like petit larceny are often driven by poverty, and in New York City, the District Attorney’s response can vary depending on the borough. Encouragingly, there is more use of our diversion program, Project Reset, which is expanding city-wide.

  • Low-Level Crimes Avoid Court with Art

    WNYC

    People arrested for low-level crimes in Brooklyn are getting a chance to avoid the court system if they participate in an art course offered by our Project Reset. A a two-hour class at the Brooklyn Museum helps them reflect on justice and accountability.

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Partners

Project Reset is a collaboration among the Center for Court Innovation, New York City Police Department, New York City Council, New York County District Attorney’s Office, Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Bronx District Attorney’s Office, the Osborne Association, Young New Yorkers, the Legal Aid Society, Bronx Defenders, Brooklyn Defender Services, New York County Defender Services, and Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem.

Project Reset is funded by the New York City Council, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Criminal Justice Investment Initiative, and private donors. For more information on Project Reset Manhattan please visit cjii.org.
 

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