A brief assessment tool designed for high-volume criminal justice environments is a strong predictor of recidivism as administered to pretrial defendants in New York City, according to this comprehensive validation study. Unlike many such tools, the Criminal Court Assessment Tool, developed by the Center for Court Innovation, identifies a defendant's risk of re-offending and also ascertains the needs potentially fueling criminal behavior, facilitating referrals to effective interventions.
On the latest edition of our 'New Thinking' podcast, Afua Addo, our coordinator of Gender and Justice Initiatives, explains our new project aiding justice-involved black women who are survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault.
The Ada County Domestic Violence Court in Boise, Idaho, was created to improve the handling of some of the justice system’s most challenging cases: those involving violence among intimate partners. The court was designated a national Domestic Violence Mentor Court by the federal Office on Violence Against Women for its groundbreaking innovations, which include services to improve victim safety and defendant monitoring.
Victim safety is at the core of every domestic violence court's mission. A Domestic Violence Mentor Court, Dallas's County Criminal Court 10 places special emphasis on ensuring offenders surrender firearms. This new video from the Center profiles the court, and features interviews with court staff and a victim and defendant.
What can be done right now to end the United States' dubious distinction of having the highest rate of incarceration in the world? This essential book from The New Press offers a concrete road map for both professionals and general readers who want to take concrete actions to reduce the number of people sent to jail and prison.
Services for people who cause harm are a crucial part of our work to support survivors, foster healthful relationships and communities, and end violence. This blueprint is the product of a year-long process led by Purvi Shah, independent consultant to NYC’s Blueprint for Abusive Partner Intervention and hosted by the Center for Court Innovation.
On our New Thinking podcast, the Oakland-based architect explains her firm’s mission to use design to counter incarceration and promote the use of restorative justice. She also discusses her work on our Near Westside Peacemaking Center in Syracuse, N.Y.
This training tip sheet is designed for court administrators, managers, judges, advocates, and other practitioners looking to enhance court and community responses to domestic violence from judicial and non-judicial personnel. It is intended to promote consistency and best practices in training and guide jurisdictions in thinking about effective training strategies.