Friday, November 27, 2009

Cleanup in Queens

A short piece from the Queens Ledger announcing the launch of NYC Community Cleanup, complete with a photo of Manny for good measure.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Latest on Liverpool

A long piece on the North Liverpool Community Justice Centre from the British periodical Red Pepper, including a reference to the report on problem-solving courts that we wrote for Policy Exchange.

Friday, November 20, 2009


We've just launched a new website to accompany our latest project: NYC Community Cleanup, an effort to use community service to address hot spots and eye sores across New York City. The plan is for the website to be a rich photographic record of the project's work, full of before and after shots of NYC streets and parks.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

My former colleague Tushar spotted a nice mention of our work in this essay on (a wonderful website for connecting to jobs and learning more about the non-profits sector, by the way).

Friday, November 13, 2009

Sloan Teaching Awards

I spent the bulk of today with a group of scientists and mathematicians assembled by the Fund for the City of New York to present awards to outstanding public school math and science teachers. The program, which is the brainchild of Mary McCormick, with support from her partners at the Alfred Sloan Foundation, is elegant in its simplicity: honor the truly unsung with cash prizes and public acclaim. Today I spent time with three of the seven winners (I think they wanted a token liberal arts major along for the ride). It would take a hard-hearted person indeed not to be moved by the winning teachers and their palpable commitment to their students. I left feeling enormously lucky to live in New York City and optimistic about the future of our schools.

The Justice Blog

Just came across The Justice Blog which is produced by the U.S. Department of Justice. Nice to see the federal government embracing new means of communication...especially because this posting is dedicated to community courts.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Obama on Drug Court

While researching a presentation that I am giving later tonight, I stumbled across this paragraph, taken from Obama's official campaign literature:

Drug courts have proven successful in dealing with non-violent offenders. These courts offer a mix of treatment and sanctions, in lieu of traditional incarceration…The success of these programs has been dramatic: One New York study found that drug court graduates had a rearrest rate that was on average 29 percent lower than comparable offenders who had not participated in the drug court program. These programs are also far cheaper than incarceration.

If I'm not mistaken, I believe this is a reference to our multi-site New York drug court evaluation. Pretty cool.

New Book on Problem-Solving Courts

The literature on problem-solving justice continues to grow. Here's a link to a new book called Problem Solving Courts: New Approaches to Criminal Justice that cites the Center for Court Innovation extensively.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Pre-Trial Services

I spent the last three days in Washington D.C. -- meeting with officials at the Department of Justice, discussing plans for the publication of our book on failure with the Urban Institute Press, attending a workshop on sentencing reform that we co-sponsored with the ABA and other agencies, and participating in a roundtable on technical assistance to pre-trial service agencies convened by my pal Timothy Murray of the Pre-Trial Justice Institute. Among other things, Tim is trying to amp up the visibility of pre-trial detention as a public policy issue. According to figures that he shared at the meeting, fully two-thirds of the inmates in American jails are pre-trial detainees and 85 percent of them are there simply because they couldn't make bail. In the days ahead, it will be interesting to see how much traction the Pre-Trial Justice Institute can generate for reform efforts. While pre-trial services rarely grabs headlines, I would never bet against Tim Murray.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New Manhattan DA

After 35 years (!), there is officially a new Manhattan District Attorney: Cy Vance Jr. One of the central themes of the Vance campaign was community-based justice.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Blog Round-Up

A few recent blogs and blog posts that caught my eye:

A Kenneth Cole blog about a mural project in Crown Heights organized with the help of the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center. A photo from this mural project featuring Amy E. is also prominently featured in the Brooklyn Community Foundation's brochure.

A Twin Cities blog about the difference between strategic philanthropy and charity that includes a flattering reference to the Red Hook Community Justice Center.

A blog called Tonic that bills itself as "the place where good lives - good news, good style, and good deeds," featuring news of our recent Drucker Award.

"Moving Justice Forward," a blog that contains updates about problem-solving justice initiatives in San Francisco.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Drucker Award, Pt. 2

Last week's announcement that the Center has won the 2009 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation has been reverberating around the Internet. For example, here's a link to a small piece from Miller-McCune's website.