Technology

Publications

Teleservices: Happening Now! Using Technology to Enhance Drug Treatment Courts

Teleservices: Happening Now! Using Technology to Enhance Drug Treatment Courts

This fact sheet details the implementation of innovative teleservices programs in seven jurisdictions around the country. Teleservices refers to the use of communications technology, remote drug testing, web-based training, and other cutting-edge technologies to enhance the way treatment courts operate. The jurisdictions featured in this publication use teleservices to increase treatment court capacity, overcome treatment barriers, supervise participants, and provide training for staff. By demonstrating the effectiveness of teleservices in practice, these jurisdictions are setting an example for other courts to follow.

Publications

The Intelligence-Driven Prosecution Model: A Case Study in the New York County District Attorney's Office

The Intelligence-Driven Prosecution Model: A Case Study in the New York County District Attorney's Office

By Jennifer A. Tallon, Dana Kralstein, Erin Farley and Michael Rempel

This report presents the findings from an evaluation of the Intelligence-Driven Prosecution Model, implemented in 2010 by the New York County District Attorney’s Office. The model relies on the Crime Strategies Unit which uses intelligence and technology to understand the people, places, and problems driving crime in order to improve prosecutorial decision-making. Evaluation results suggest the model produces intelligence influencing prosecutorial decisions such as whether—and for how much—bail was set, charge severity at disposition, and sentence type and length.

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10 Years of Community Justice in Melbourne, Australia: An Interview with Kerry Walker

10 Years of Community Justice in Melbourne, Australia: An Interview with Kerry Walker

In this New Thinking podcast, Kerry Walker, director of the Neighbourhood Justice Centre in Melbourne, Australia, describes some of the ways the Justice Centre engages the community, all with the long-term goal of promoting the rule of law and a “civil, caring society.” She reflects on lessons learned as the Justice Centre approaches its 10th anniversary, including, “Never act alone [but] only … in partnership.” The podcast concludes with a discussion of ways the Justice Centre is using technology to promote safety and make the court more user-friendly.  The interview took place while Walker was in Chicago to attend Community Justice 2016.

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The Future is Now: Enhancing Drug Court Operations Through Technology

The Future is Now: Enhancing Drug Court Operations Through Technology

By Annie Schachar, Aaron Arnold and Precious Benally

Technology offers justice systems new ways to link offenders to substance abuse treatment and other needed services. In addition, technology enhances the ability of justice systems to monitor offender compliance and provide staff with ongoing training and professional development. This paper explores the use of technology in drug courts and offers recommendations for drug court practitioners seeking to enhance their work with technology.

Audio

How Electronic Records Are Transforming The Justice System

How Electronic Records Are Transforming The Justice System

New York University Law School Professor James Jacobs, author of "The Eternal Criminal Record" (Harvard University Press), discusses the proliferation of electronic criminal records and the challenges they pose for a free society. (March 2015)

Interviews

How Electronic Records Are Transforming The Justice System

How Electronic Records Are Transforming The Justice System

New York University Law School Professor James Jacobs, author of "The Eternal Criminal Record" (Harvard University Press), discusses the proliferation of electronic criminal records and the challenges they pose for a free society. (March 2015)

Publications

Domestic Violence Online Petition Program

Domestic Violence Online Petition Program

An overview of the Domestic Violence Online Petition Program, which seeks to improve victim safety by allowing a petitioner—with help from a trained domestic violence advocate—to use the internet to file the application for an order of protection.

Interviews

Information Technology & Social Services: Tracking Clients, Treatment, and Compliance

Information Technology & Social Services: Tracking Clients, Treatment, and Compliance

Andree Mattix, director of social services at Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office, discusses how a customized technology application helps her staff track data and clients in the D.A.'s diversion, victim-witness, and domestic violence programs.

Interviews

Experts at Your Fingertips: The National Drug Court Online Learning System

Experts at Your Fingertips: The National Drug Court Online Learning System

The National Drug Court Online Learning System at www.drugcourtline.org offers free training modules on a wide range of topics by national experts. In this podcast, Valerie Raine and Dennis Reilly, both of the Center for Court Innovation, explain how drug courts can use the system to educate new employees and keep their teams up to date on developments in the field.

Interviews

Changes 'That Don't Roll Back': Using Technology to Institutionalize Innovation

Changes 'That Don't Roll Back': Using Technology to Institutionalize Innovation

Kevin G. Kelly, deputy commissioner of NYC Business Customer Service in the New York City's Mayor Office, discusses how the city uses technology to improve efficiency and radically restructure how businesses interact with government.

Tours

Buffalo Drug Court

Buffalo Drug Court

The Buffalo Drug Court wanted a computerized information system but didn't have a lot of money to build one. The result, built with Microsoft Access, is an effective, efficient tool that captures all data important to a medium-sized court, from screening information about participants to administrative information about the day's calendar. The systm allows users to obtain information quickly by making specific queries -- for instance: How many participants are in treatment? How many have dropped out? What's the status of a particular case? Who's coming to court today? The system was developed by the Buffalo City Court and the New York State Office of Court Administration in conjunction with the Jacksonville, Florida Drug Court. Support was received from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Court Clearinghouse and Technical Assistance Project at American University.

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Tours

Juvenile Treatment Court

Juvenile Treatment Court

The Harlem Juvenile Intervention Court is a community-based juvenile drug court that seeks to link delinquent youth to drug treatment and other services such as counseling, tutoring and positive social activities. The goal is to give young people the structure and support they need to avoid further criminal behavior. The Juvenile Intervention Court Application - developed by the Center for Court Innovation, with support from the State Justice Institute - is a computer software program that uses Intranet technology to create an electronic workplace for the diverse group of players who participate in a juvenile drug court. The technology enables judges, attorneys, probation officers, case managers and service providers to access information quickly and easily within the strict confidentiality guidelines of family court.

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Brooklyn Treatment Court

Brooklyn Treatment Court

The Brooklyn Treatment Court information system was designed to provide the judge, attorneys, case managers, researchers and others with the tools to handle a large number of cases effectively and efficiently. In particular, the Court uses technology to increase the standard of accountability at the Court and to expand the information available to court players about participants and their progress in treatment. This system was developed by the New York State Unified Court System and the Center for Court Innovation.

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Publications

Improving Outcomes Through Better Data Tracking

By Christine Sisario

An article that describes how New York is adapting technology from problem-solving courts statewide.

Articles

How Technology Can Facilitate Collaboration

How Technology Can Facilitate Collaboration

Technology has been a key component in the Harlem Community Justice Center’s growth and community outreach. The tool linking almost all the Justice Center’s components together is the Justice Center Application.

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