Apologies for my silence of late -- the end of the year has been a busy time for me both at work and at home, including a fair amount of travel and a bat mitzvah celebration for my youngest daughter. A few quick hits before 2015 comes to a close:
- Inside the Court Where the Presiding Judge Is A Teenager -- New York magazine profiles the Brownsville Youth Court as part of their annual "Reasons to Love New York" special edition.
- How Violence Interrupters Are Trying to Stop Gang Shootings in Brooklyn -- Vice reports on our efforts to combat gun violence in Crown Heights.
- Prison Diversion Programs in New York Face New Scrutiny -- A New York Times story about alternative-to-incarceration programs cites our research documenting the effectiveness of judicial diversion.
- Good Courts: The Case for Problem-Solving Justice -- The good people at Quid Pro Books have re-released my first book with a new introduction by New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. Good Courts, which I co-wrote with John Feinblatt, has never before been available as an e-book, so I am excited that it is now available to people who do their reading on electronic devices. (Here's a link to the Amazon version.)
This is the season of giving, so I thought I'd highlight a few of the criminal justice organizations that I have chosen to support this year. These include the Vera Institute of Justice (which just released a nifty tool for tracking the growth in jail populations across the United States), the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education (my alma mater's effort to provide a liberal arts education to inmates in Connecticut prisons), LIFT (an agency co-founded by my friend Liberty Aldrich that provides information to litigants in NYC Family Court), the New Press (which has publishes a range of interesting books on criminal justice, among other topics), and, of course, the Center for Court Innovation (the agency that has been my home for the past two decades).
Here's wishing you a happy and healthy new year.