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.
This video provides a short and engaging introduction to Youth Reset (part of Project Reset), our program providing meaningful diversion opportunities for 16- and 17-year-olds in New York City arrested for the first time for a low-level, non-violent crime. Successful participants will never set foot in a courtroom and will have no criminal record. The video explains the requirements of the program, the opportunity to be connected with voluntary services, and the criteria for eligibility.
In April 2017, the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform (also known as the Lippman Commission) unveiled its vision for closing the Rikers Island jail facility, including a series of reforms to cut the city's jail population in half in coming years. This video offers highlights of a panel discussion among members of the commission's staff who explain how the 27 members of the commission developed their groundbreaking recommendations.