This paper explores prosecutor-led diversion programs for misdemeanor defendants in Cook County, Illinois. Specifically it compares conviction and re-arrest rates for three groups: 1) defendants not diverted; 2) defendants diverted into the standard two-session program; and (3) defendants diverted into an enhanced program that included a risk-needs assessment and varying program mandates based on risk.
In this New Thinking podcast, Judge Courtney Wachal and Megan Sartin, the offender accountability coordinator, explain the operations of the Kansas City Domestic Violence Court, an Office on Violence Against Women designated mentor court.
Based on more than 300 in-depth interviews with adults involved in New York City’s multifaceted sex trade, this study describes a murky and mutable continuum between involvement in the trade due to force and choice. It also examines a unique criminal justice response: New York City's Human Trafficking Intervention Courts, developed to mitigate some of the harm trafficking victims experience in the criminal justice system.
This publication documents how New York City’s domestic violence cases are handled at each stage of the criminal justice process, from pretrial to sentencing, and seeks to answer a series of questions specific to the unique legal, social, and personal issues raised by such cases.
In 2010, the National Institute of Justice funded the Center for Court Innovation and partners to complete an evaluation of eight reentry courts across the country created by the federal government's 2007 Second Chance Act. This page brings together the series of reports presenting the results of an impact evaluation, a cost-effectiveness study, and a multi-year process evaluation.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys alike believe in the benefits of social service mandates for young people charged with misdemeanor offenses but differ over the usefulness of jail sentences, according to a survey and interviews of legal practitioners across three New York City boroughs. Those findings are contained in a report setting out current justice system practices for handling misdemeanor offenses committed by young people (ages 16-24) in New York City.