Wednesday, April 27, 2011

MLK Award

More good news: the Fellowship of Reconciliation, one of the oldest and most storied civil rights organizations, has awarded our Save Our Streets Crown Heights project their Martin Luther King Jr. peace award for 2011. The award honors those who make a significant contribution to advancing the cause of nonviolence. Kudos to the entire Crown Heights team for this wonderful accomplishment.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Feeling Nostalgic

Two things -- one trivial, one somewhat important -- have me feeling reflective this week. The first is the news that the Beastie Boys are set to release a new album next week. It is fully 25 years since the Beastie Boys came out with their first album, Licensed To Ill. In those heady days when people still cared about such things, I remember the record dividing opinion on the campus of the liberal arts college I attended. My girlfriend at the time (now my wife) was a pretty staunch critic of the album's approach to women, for example.

Thankfully, the Beastie Boys have evolved quite a bit from those early years. As long-time readers of this blog know, I occasionally like to ruminate on the careers of my favorite artists. (See for example this post on the Feelies or this post on the Ramones.) Love 'em or hate 'em (and my wife still hates them), you have to give the Beastie Boys credit for their ability to change and grow while still somehow remaining true to their original values. As the Center for Court Innovation comes up to its 15th anniversary, I hope the same can be said of this institution.

Speaking of my wife, yesterday she learned that she has been granted tenure by the New School. This is the culmination of a professional odyssey that has lasted almost as long as the Beastie Boys' recording career and has included teaching gigs at a half dozen different universities. Joy, gratitude and relief are the dominant emotions in my house at the moment.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Internet Roundup

A few recent items from the world wide web that caught my eye:

-- The National Assocation of State Judicial Educators has a piece in their newsletter about our project to improve communication in criminal courts.

-- The increasingly prominent conservative group Right on Crime has joined the recent fight to defend drug courts. In doing so, they point to national research -- the Multi-Site Adult Drug Court Evaluation -- performed by the Center for Court Innovation in concert with the Urban Institute and RTI.

-- The New York Times reports on "project safe surrender," an effort by the Brooklyn DA's office, the Office of Court Administration and others to bring the courts into the community to help clear warrants. I think it is a cool idea that would be worth trying in Brownsville, among other places.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Just Back from DC

I spent the last 24 hours in my hometown at the invitation of the National Institute of Justice. I went down to talk about our failure work as part of their "Research in the Real World" seminar series. I'll post a link when NIJ puts the talk online. In the meantime, here's a link to a recent story in the Economist about reentry that cites research from the Center for Court Innovation.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Law Journal Letter

Our own Al Siegel has a letter to the editor in today's New York Law Journal on juvenile justice reform in New York City.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Blast from the Past

A few years back, we were fortunate to receive an Innovations in American Government Award from the Ford Foundation and the Kennedy School of Government. On a recent spin through the Internet, I stumbled across this video on YouTube. It is a short clip showing John Feinblatt and Jonathan Lippman making a presentation to the judges of the award. A little bit of Center for Court Innovation history to get your weekend off to a good start.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

PASS Awards, Pt. 2

The hits keep on coming...I just learned that Daring to Fail is not the only Center for Court Innovation publication to receive a PASS Award this year. Also honored is "I Got Arrested. Now What?", the comic book guide to the juvenile justice system that our Youth Justice Board created in concert with the Center for Urban Pedagogy, graphic artist Danica Novgorodoff and the New York City Department of Probation.