Through our Syracuse office, we offer communities around Upstate New York access to the same program development, research, and support we offer in the New York City metropolitan area.
Since 2004, the Center for Court Innovation has operated an office in Syracuse, New York. Our current Upstate work includes the Near Westside Peacemaking Project, the Onondaga Parent Support Program, and the Patient Navigator 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.
A new grant from the CITIES Rise program will train and hire community ambassadors to help Syracuse residents find solutions to housing issues. Leah Russell from our Syracuse office says the grant shows the community that their voices have been heard.
An interview profile of Sarah Reckess, the director of our Upstate New York office: "We try to knock down silos, to challenge agencies and community leaders to think in new ways...to not be afraid of failure."