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The Potential for Bias in Risk-Assessment Tools: A Conversation

The Potential for Bias in Risk-Assessment Tools: A Conversation

In this New Thinking podcast, Reuben J. Miller, assistant professor of social work at the University of Michigan, and his research collaborator Hazelette Crosby-Robinson discuss some of the criticisms that have been leveled against risk assessment tools. Those criticisms include placing too much emphasis on geography and criminal history, which can distort the actual risk for clients from neighborhoods that experience an above-average presence of policing and social services. "Geography is often a proxy for race," Miller says. Miller and Crosby-Robinson spoke with the Center for Court Innovation's Director of Communications Robert V. Wolf after they participated in a panel on the "The Risk-Needs-Responsivity Framework"  at Justice Innovation in Times of Change, a regional summit on Sept. 30, 2016 in North Haven, Conn.

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Coming Home to Harlem: Understanding the Impact of a Reentry Court

Coming Home to Harlem: Understanding the Impact of a Reentry Court

Lama Hassoun Ayoub, researcher and author of Coming Home to Harlem, discusses the impact of the Harlem Parole Reentry Court on the lives of parolees returning to Harlem after incarceration. 

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"They’re Not Talking About Me”: Race, Cultural Responsivity, and Domestic Violence

"They’re Not Talking About Me”: Race, Cultural Responsivity, and Domestic Violence

In this New Thinking podcast, Dr. Oliver Williams brings questions of race, faith, and incarceration into a conversation on domestic violence. Drawing on his work with both victims and perpetrators from African American, Latina, and other immigrant and diasporic communities, Dr. Williams examines the import of cultural responsivity in the justice system’s response to domestic violence. 

This product was supported by Grant No. 2013-TA-AX-K042 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, or recommendations expressed in this podcast are those of the speaker(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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Importing Innovation: the Challenges and Rewards of Transplanting a Program from One Nation to Another

Importing Innovation: the Challenges and Rewards of Transplanting a Program from One Nation to Another

Simon Fulford, chief executive of Khulisa U.K., explains how and why his not-for-profit brought a successful South African prisoner reentry program to the United Kingdom.

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Minimizing the Collateral Consequences of a Conviction

Minimizing the Collateral Consequences of a Conviction

Timothy C. Evans, chief judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County in Illinois, explains how courts can help mitigate the collateral consequences of justice system involvement. Among other things, courts can reach out to those affected to educate them about their rights and options, Evans says in this New Thinking podcast.

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Studying Reentry: A Conversation about Research and Reentry Courts

Studying Reentry: A Conversation about Research and Reentry Courts

Christine H. Lindquist, a senior research sociologist at RTI International, talks about reentry courts, recidivism, and what she's learned so far from a multi-year study of eight diverse initiatives. April 2013

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The Harlem Justice Corps Combines Education with Community Service for Justice-Involved Young People

The Harlem Justice Corps Combines Education with Community Service for Justice-Involved Young People

The Harlem Justice Corps is an intensive career development and service program for justice-involved young men and women. Project Manager Taí Alex explains how the initiative works, and participants Elijah Blount and Anthony Brown discuss what they've learned so far.

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Giving the Community a Role in Corrections

Giving the Community a Role in Corrections

Derek Miodownik, restorative systems administrator for the Vermont Department of Corrections, talks about the state's innovative experiments in community and restorative justice, including Citizen Reparative Boards, which give panels of community members a role in working with misdemeanor offenders, and Circles of Support and Accountability, which link community members with parolees convicted of serious crimes.

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Involved Communities Support Vermont's Restorative Justice Panels

Involved Communities Support Vermont's Restorative Justice Panels

Yvonne Byrd, director of the Montpelier Community Justice Center, Karen Vastine, the community justice coordinator in Burlington, and Marc Wennberg, director of the St. Alban’s Community Justice Center, explain how volunteers help craft restorative responses to crime and conflict in Vermont.

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Lessons from London: Improving Probation on Both Sides of the Atlantic

Lessons from London: Improving Probation on Both Sides of the Atlantic

While on a visit to observe practices in New York City, Heather Munro, the chief executive of the London Probation Trust, takes a break to discuss the challenges facing probation in both the U.S. and the United Kingdom and new initiatives, including experiments in England and Wales with high-intensity community sentence projects (which is also the subject of a monograph by Centre for Justice Innovation's director Phil Bowen). November 2012

Judge Joseph Gubbay welcomes observers, including Chief Executive Heather Munro of the London Probation Trust, into his courtroom in Brooklyn Criminal Court.Judge Joseph Gubbay welcomes observers, including Chief Executive Heather Munro of the London Probation Trust, into his courtroom in Brooklyn Criminal Court.

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Podcast: An Outsider's Perspective on an Inside Job

Podcast: An Outsider's Perspective on an Inside Job

New York City Commissioner of Probation Vincent N. Schiraldi, who previously ran the juvenile justice system in Washington D.C., describes his journey from gadfly to government insider and the reforms he's been implementing along the way.

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Community Policing and Community Courts (Podcast)

Community Policing and Community Courts (Podcast)

After visiting the Harlem Community Justice Center, Katherine McQuay and Zoe Mentel of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) talk about reentry, community policing, and the stimulus package.

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Harlem Parole Reentry Court (Podcast)

Harlem Parole Reentry Court (Podcast)

Staff of the Harlem Parole Reentry Court discuss how they help ex-offenders make the transition from incarceration to the community.

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Harry Belafonte Congratulates Harlem Reentry Court Graduates (Podcast)

Harry Belafonte Congratulates Harlem Reentry Court Graduates (Podcast)

Legendary entertainer Harry Belafonte speaks at the 10th graduation ceremony of the Harlem Parole Reentry Court.

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Manhattan's New District Attorney Supports Reentry Initiatives

Manhattan's New District Attorney Supports Reentry Initiatives

District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., following his keynote address at a Harlem Parole Reentry Court graduation, answers questions about reentry, crime prevention, and community prosecution.

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