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.
Near Westside Peacemaking Project
The Near Westside Peacemaking Project provides free, community-based conflict resolution, and organizes place-based community projects led and developed by residents. It operates in a high crime neighborhood in Syracuse, New York. The Peacemaking Center is located at 601 Tully Street and is the first facility of its kind in the country. The Center was designed by Deanna Van Buren, an architect specializing in restorative justice who solicited community input at every step of the design process.
Onondaga Parent Support Program
The Syracuse office piloted New York State’s first problem-solving child support program in 2008. The program links non-custodial parents with needed services to increase child support payments and maintain healthy parent-child relationships. Using the Syracuse program as a model, the Center for Court Innovation helped launch a similar program in Brooklyn in 2010 and the Bronx in 2018.
Patient Navigator Program
The Patient Navigator Program is part of the Women’s Health Education Navigation (W.H.E.N.) network and is generously funded by the March of Dimes and the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York. The program helps justice-involved women connect with health care providers and community resources to better their own health and the health of their children. A licensed social worker works with justice-involved women who are pregnant or parenting young children to identify health care and social service needs, address gaps in services, and link women to “medical homes” where they can receive necessary health care. The Patient Navigator Program creates collaborative partnerships between the justice system, the medical community, and community-based service providers.
Adolescent Diversion Part
The Syracuse office provides technical assistance and planning to the Syracuse Adolescent Diversion Part, which will help adolescent offenders avoid the legal and collateral consequences associated with a criminal conviction and link them with the assistance they need to pursue law-abiding, productive futures. Click here for more information.
Site Visits, Trainings, and Roundtables
The Syracuse office promotes justice system reform by hosting site visits to innovative courts and community-based projects in Upstate New York. Justice system professionals from federal, state, and tribal systems have visited the Syracuse office to observe these projects in action. In addition, the Syracuse office coordinates a variety of training events and roundtable discussions around justice system innovation.