Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Youth Court on TV

A great piece on the Newark Youth Court appeared on New Jersey public television the other day. Click here to see.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Report from London

Just a quick report from London, where the pace of criminal justice reform feels feverish at the moment. It seems like almost every day brings a new headline about some aspect of the criminal justice system, whether it be the government's decision to close a number of magistrates' courts, efforts to expand the use of restorative justice or a justice minister's controversial speech about investing in entertainment for inmates. Hanging over all of this is the specter of massive funding cuts driven by Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to cut the deficit. Through a series of lucky breaks and good strategic moves, Aubrey has found himself with a ringside seat as 10 Downing Street and the Ministry of Justice attempt to forge a new, cost-effective approach to justice reform. We're coming to the end of our 6 month study of whether it might be feasible to create an experimental Centre for Justice Innovation in London. I'm feeling cautiously optimistic at the moment. More to come...

PS: Last week, the Philadelphia Inquirer ran an op-ed that I wrote entitled "Failures are key to public safety success."

PPS: Crime Report ran a great story by the always reliable Bernice Yeung that touches on some important themes related to Trial and Error in Criminal Justice Refrom.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Back from Vacation; Still Promoting Failure

Apologies for the radio silence over the past couple of weeks -- I've been on vacation or traveling for work much of the time. But I'm back now with my usual dose of self-promotion: here are a handful of links related to Trial and Error in Criminal Justice Reform: Learning from Failure...

Op-ed from Chronicle of Philanthropy

Nice mention in Sentencing Law and Policy Blog

Urban Institute panel: Failure -- Public Policy's Stepladder to Success

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Nancy's Cake

As promised.

Food Glorious Food

I'm on vacation next week so I am frantically trying to work my way through my in-box and get things squared away before I leave. Although the awful heat seems to have broken here in New York, the Center for Court Innovation is still cooking, in some cases literally. Case in point: earlier this week, the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center held a party to celebrate the release of Crown Heights Is Cookin', a new cookbook that gathers recipes from the diverse ethnic groups that comprise Crown Heights. Click here to order the book.

The Midtown Community Court has food-related news to share as well. Green Mountain Coffee selected the Court as one of the finalists in their Revelation to Action competition. In addition, the Crime Report did a recent story on prostitution in New York City that featured the Court.

I was struggling to come up with a food-related angle to talk about the Greenpoint Youth Court, which held its second-ever graduation ceremony last night, when Beth sent along a photo of a beautiful cake that Nancy made for the event. If I can figure out how to upload it, I'll share the photo at some point.