New York City’s jail population dropped to a historic low following the COVID-19 outbreak on Rikers Island in March 2020. But six weeks later, the numbers began increasing again. The steady rise in admissions now threatens to wipe out the effect of the initial reductions, putting more New Yorkers at risk of contracting the virus in the high-risk conditions behind bars. Our analysis highlights the lessons of the multiple population trends from March to November.
Neighborhoods impacted by high rates of gun violence also have the highest levels of reported domestic violence incidents. The RISE Project works to ensure community-based gun violence prevention efforts have more tools and resources to prevent and respond to intimate partner violence. On this episode of In Practice, the RISE team talks to Rob Wolf about the initiative and how it differs from a more conventional law enforcement approach.
The movement to reform prisons is almost as old as prisons themselves. But what is the ultimate goal of reform of a system like the criminal justice system? On our New Thinking podcast, Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law explain why they think many of today's most popular reforms are extending, rather than countering, the justice system's harmful effects. Their new book is Prison By Any Other Name.
In this episode, Juan Areán is joined byJames Henderson, a former probation officer and facilitator of the Accountable Choices program in Michigan. They discuss howthe Abusive Partner Accountability and Engagement Project defines “accountability” and highlight examples of effective coordinated community responses and creating multiple pathways to accountability for abusive partners.
Abusive partner intervention programs are exploring new ways to increase both accountability and victim safety. Communities across the country are looking for new ways to include abusive partner intervention in their approach to domestic violence and are in need of flexible, research-informed, and holistic approaches that are tailored to the needs of participants. This webinar will provide practical strategies for communities seeking to enhance offender accountability and engagement through discussion of research-informed innovative national practices.
Published by the New York City Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, this report outlines pathways for developing restorative and community-based approaches to intimate partner violence. It aims to expand the knowledge of restorative practices as applied to intimate partner violence and to promote the idea of increasing the options for survivors and their families.
Community courts offer a localized, flexible approach to addressing crime and disorder. The model’s inherent adaptability, however, has also made community courts more difficult to evaluate than other, more standardized models. To promote a more robust research base and to help develop an evidence-based framework for the model, this paper sets forth a blueprint to guide future community court evaluations.
Juan Carlos Areán speaks with Reverend Dr. Anne Marie Hunter of Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence and Other Abuse, Dr. David Adams of Emerge Counseling and Education to Stop Domestic Violence, and Dr. Oliver Williams with the African American Domestic Peace Project. They discuss the importance of engaging and partnering with faith leaders in the community response against domestic violence.
Juan Carlos Areán of Futures Without Violence is joined by Jessica Nunan, executive director of Caminar Latino, and Lee Giordano, director of training at Men Stopping Violence to discuss culturally-responsive models to respond to people who use violence, how they hold space for conversations about anti-racism, and what is lost when conversations about culture and oppression are not included in the work.
Due to COVID-19, the whole world was forced to be innovative in the ways we connect with one another. This document highlights some of the unique ways drug courts were able to stay engaged with clients throughout the pandemic. Some of these solutions have been so successful that the courts plan to integrate these practices even after social distancing restrictions have been lifted.