Sunday, February 27, 2011

Courtroom Communication in the News

The New York Times has a short piece on-line entitled "Excuse Me, But Can There Be More Civility In The Court?" that describes our effort to look at how criminal courts communicate with defendants and the general public.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Crown Heights in Huffington Post

In an article entitled "Ceasefire: Success Beyond Chicago," the Huffington Post writes about our work to reduce gun violence in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Juvenile Justice Corps

I haven't written much (any?) about one of our newest projects: the New York Juvenile Justice Corps. So here's a start. This AmeriCorps service program grows out of a program that we ran for many years out of the Red Hook Community Justice Center. The program now works citywide to prevent young people in New York City from becoming enmeshed in the criminal justice system. Thanks to the Juvenile Justice Corps, 58 people are devoting of a year of their lives to providing services at various Center for Court Innovation projects -- and at OCFS facilities and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Among other things, members are leading workshops and after-school programs, reaching out to local residents and providing case management and academic support to needy kids. They recently helped conduct a survey of Brownsville residents as part of our planning for a community court in the neighborhood. Congrats to Viviana, Jessica, James and everyone else who has worked so hard to get the program off the ground.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Report from London

I'm just back in New York after a busy, memorable and productive week in London. The highlights included:

...a public event to celebrate the Daring to Fail book. More than 50 people came out to the think tank Policy Exchange to hear a severely jet-lagged conversation between John Prideaux from The Economist and me about failure.

...a visit to 10 Downing Street to meet with one of the Prime Minister's crime and justice advisors.

...promising meetings with several potential funders of our London office.

...a trip to Emirates Stadium to see Arsenal defeat Barcelona in the Champions League.

You can guess for yourself which of these made the most lasting impression on me.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Prose Awards

Just learned that Trial & Error in Criminal Justice Reform received an honorable mention from the Prose Awards in the Law and Legal Studies category -- the first time an Urban Institute Press book has been so honored. Kinda cool...

Monday, February 7, 2011

Two Links

"Control," a documentary about youth incarceration features James Brodick talking about the Red Hook Community Justice Center and plans for a new community court in Brownsville.

The National Center for Juvenile and Family Court Judges features a story by an Arizona judge who has replicated our Passport to Adulthood, a tool that helps judges aid young people aging out of foster care (see p. 22 of this magazine).

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Youth Court on the March

In recent months, we have been working closely with former New York State Chief Judge Judith Kaye to advance the cause of youth courts in New York. This effort has multiple components, including efforts to convince the NYC Department of Education to test youth courts in schools, to "up the ante" at the youth courts the Center already operates by having them handle more serious cases, to provide technical assistance and training to fledgling youth courts across the state, and to advance the state of knowledge in the field. One recent achievement that falls into this final category is our work on the latest issue of the New York State Bar Journal, which is devoted entirely to youth court. Kudos to Nancy who has been spearheading the youth court effort.

Lippman on Court Reform

Earlier this week, New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman appeared at the John Jay/H.F. Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America to give an address about court reform. His remarks covered a broad range of topics, including the ongoing value of problem-solving courts in helping to reduce correctional spending. He mentioned several Center for Court Innovation projects along the way, including Red Hook and Midtown as well as our efforts to create a new community court in Brownsville. Click here to read the Crime Report's account of the speech.