Thursday, February 25, 2010

Today at the Center

Our central offices were buzzing today. We had a site visit from the Department of Justice to check on our progress replicating the Ceasefire model from Chicago in Crown Heights. We also hosted a full-day focus group of drug court experts from around the country, including representatives from Texas, North Carolina, New Jersey, Connecticut, Mississippi, Minnesota, Colorado, Maryland and Montana. The focus group was part of our effort to turn the failure lens towards drug court, attempting to mine lessons from places where drug courts have struggled. I only sat in on part of the conversation, but I heard a lot of interesting discussion about leadership challenges and in particular the importance of succession planning.