The Staten Island Justice Center seeks to reduce crime and incarceration by providing court-involved participants with supportive services and by engaging the community in prevention programs.
Pretrial Supervised Release
With support from the City of New York, the Staten Island Justice Center operates a supervised release program for misdemeanor and felony defendants that reduces the reliance on pretrial detention while enhancing the fairness of the justice system. In addition to supervision and case management, the program provides referrals to voluntary community-based or on-site programming.
Young Adult Alternatives to Incarceration / Adolescent Diversion Program
The Justice Center uses a validated risk-need assessment tool to craft appropriate individualized sentencing options for young people ages 18 to 24 charged with misdemeanors and felonies. The program offers short- and medium-term social service interventions including case management, employment readiness, psychoeducational groups, and referrals to community-based services.
As with all of our youth courts, Staten Island’s trains teens to hear actual cases involving their peers. With the voluntary participation of the defendant, low-level cases are diverted from the justice system to youth court and court members assign sanctions that both hold the youth accountable and emphasize restorative justice concepts.
Neighborhood Youth Justice Council
The Justice Council provides a platform for young people to participate in justice-related policy-making and problem-solving in order to address neighborhood challenges.
Project READY is an alternative-to-detention program providing case management, afterschool programming, and rigorous compliance monitoring for young people with delinquency cases pending in Family Court. Youth who successfully complete READY are much more likely to avoid placement and to receive community-based dispositions.
AIM (Advocate, Intervene, Mentor)
In conjunction with the New York City Department of Probation, AIM enables justice-involved young people between the ages of 13 and 18 to address age-specific needs and issues, become knowledgeable about opportunities and resources that can assist them, and develop positive bonds within their communities that will lead to a law-abiding and productive adulthood.
Justice Community Plus
Justice Community Plus is a job-readiness program undertaken in collaboration with the New York City Council and the Department of Probation. The program engages Staten Island youth ages 18 to 24 in pro-social activities focused on educational advancement, life skills, and job readiness preparation.