Telling stories is a big part of what we do at the Center for Court Innovation. We often find ourselves trying to communicate complicated justice reform ideas to skeptical audiences, whether they be funders, community groups, or system insiders. In recent years, video has become a larger and larger part of our communications effort. This reflects improvements in technology that have made it easier and cheaper to create and disseminate short films. It also reflects the talents of our communications director, Robert Wolf, who has become an adept filmmaker.
You can see the latest videos from the Center by checking out our YouTube channel. To give you just a taste of what you will find, here are the top 10 most viewed videos from our website over the past year:
1. Drug Courts: Personal Stories -- first-person interviews with drug court graduates from across New York State featuring former New York State Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye.
2. Family Voices in Juvenile Justice -- a guide to Family Court for parents whose children have delinquency cases.
3. Changing Lives: The Story of the Center for Court Innovation -- an introduction to the Center that premiered at our 15th anniversary celebration featuring two of our program graduates.
4. Why Procedural Justice Matters: Tom R. Tyler at Community Justice 2012 --Yale Law Professor Tom Tyler's presentation at our community justice conference in Washington DC.
5. Fundamentals of Procedural Fairness -- a "Procedural Justice 101" presentation that seeks to explain the basic principles.
6. Testing New Ideas: Evidence, Innovation and Community Courts -- created with the help of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this video highlights community courts across the US.
7. Justice That Works: The Midtown Community Court -- a description of the Midtown Community Court, created as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the project.
8. Attendance Video -- a look at an experiment that we launched to address chronic truancy in Harlem.
9. Talking It Through: A Teen-Police Dialogue -- created by the Youth Justice Board, our after-school youth leadership program, this video seeks to encourage police-youth conversations.
10. Failure: Public Policy’s Stepladder to Success -- an excerpt from a panel convened by the Urban Institute as part of the roll-out of the book Trial & Error in Criminal Justice Reform: Learning from Failure.