Community service has been a staple of sentencing in the United States for more than 50 years, yet we know surprisingly little about how it's actually being used. In Act One of this episode of New Thinking, an audio snapshot of community service at the Center for Court Innovation. In Act Two, Joanna Weiss of the Fines and Fees Justice Center offers a national perspective on community service, and the troubling findings of two new reports.
Explore the 25-year history of Midtown Community Court as the nation’s first community court, its impact on the justice landscape, and its unique community partnerships, including an emphasis on using arts programming as an alternative to incarceration.
This collection of photographs tells the story of the Midtown Community Court, looking at its first 25 years of operation and tracing its development from groundbreaking experiment to a core component of the New York City criminal justice landscape.
Since the spring of 2016, people soliciting tips, selling tickets and CDs, and panhandling in Times Square have had to conduct their business in “Designated Activity Zones” or risk a criminal penalty. This report presents findings from a needs-assessment survey of these workers. Implications for programming at the Midtown Community Court that handles violations of the new activity zones and recommendations for policy reforms by regulatory bodies are discussed.
This fact sheet briefly describes Midtown Community Court's use of meaningful and visible community restitution projects in lieu of incarceration or fines. The focus is on projects undertaken in partnership with local residents, businesses, and criminal justice agencies, and on helping defendants reintegrate into the community.
This fact sheet briefly describes Midtown Community Court's tailored use of social services along with specialized youth programming and community service in lieu of incarceration and fines. Through this problem-solving justice approach, the court seeks to reduce crime and incarceration and improve public trust in justice.
This fact sheet provides a brief description of the history, approach, and documented results of the Midtown Community Court. It also gives an overview of the court's programming in areas such as alternatives to incarceration, the provision of social services, and workforce development.
Judy Harris Kluger, the first judge to preside over the Midtown Community Court, gives a short answer to the question: What was your impression of the Midtown Community Court when you first heard about the concept?