Trial and Error

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Innovation in the Criminal Justice System

Innovation in the Criminal Justice System

By Melissa Labriola, Emily Gold LaGratta and Julia Kohn

The results from a survey of over 600 national criminal justice leaders provides a snapshot of the current state of innovation in criminal justice. It seeks to answer such questions as: Is innovation a priority? Are criminal justice leaders aware of emerging research? Do they use research to inform policymaking? What obstacles stand in the way of innovation?

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Leadership and Innovation in Criminal Justice: A National Survey

Leadership and Innovation in Criminal Justice: A National Survey

This presentation highlights the main findings of a national survey of more than 600 police chiefs, state chief judges, elected prosecutors, and probation and parole officials on their views on innovation and leadership.

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The F-Word: Learning from Failure in Criminal Justice Reform in the USA

The F-Word: Learning from Failure in Criminal Justice Reform in the USA

By Greg Berman and Aubrey Fox

An edited version of the conclusion to "Trial and Error in Criminal Justice Reform: Learning from Failure" (Urban Institute Press 2010). This version appeared in the inaugural issue of Scottish Justice Matters, June 2013.

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Innovation in Criminal Justice: A Graduate School Curriculum

Innovation in Criminal Justice: A Graduate School Curriculum

By Aubrey Fox and Emily Gold LaGratta

"Innovation in Criminal Justice" is a semester-long curriculum for graduate students in the fields of public policy, criminal justice, and law--aiming to promote discussion among the next generation of criminal justice leaders about risk-taking and failure.

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From Chicago to Brooklyn: A Case Study in Program Replication

From Chicago to Brooklyn: A Case Study in Program Replication

By Greg Berman and Emily Gold LaGratta

“From Chicago to Brooklyn” charts the course of a program’s efforts in Crown Heights, Brooklyn to replicate CeaseFire Chicago, an anti-gun violence model.

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Small Experiments, Big Change: HOPE Probation and the Use of Demonstration Projects to Advance Criminal Justice Reform

Small Experiments, Big Change: HOPE Probation and the Use of Demonstration Projects to Advance Criminal Justice Reform

By Aubrey Fox and Emily Gold LaGratta

"Small Experiments, Big Change" examines the role that demonstration projects—like HOPE Probation and other once small-scale, locally-grown efforts—have had in shaping criminal justice reform nationwide.

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Learning by Doing: What Demonstration Projects Can Teach Us About Innovation

Learning by Doing: What Demonstration Projects Can Teach Us About Innovation

By Staff of the Center for Court Innovation

Awarded the 2011 PASS Award, this comic-book guide that highlights the lessons to be learned from demonstration projects that seek to reform the criminal justice system.

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Criminal Justice Reform: A Key Role for Failure

Criminal Justice Reform: A Key Role for Failure

By Greg Berman

To encourage justice practitioners to test new ideas, we need to foster a climate in which failure is openly discussed, writes Greg Berman, the director of the Center for Court Innovation in this op-ed from the National Law Journal.

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Lessons from the Battle over D.A.R.E.: The Complicated Relationship between Research and Practice

Lessons from the Battle over D.A.R.E.: The Complicated Relationship between Research and Practice

By Greg Berman and Aubrey Fox

An examination of the controversy over D.A.R.E., one of the most well-known and widespread crime prevention programs in the country, which has thrived despite research showing less-than-inspiring results. This paper unpacks the complicated relationship between research and practice, drawing lessons for future programming.

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Avoiding Failures of Implementation: Lessons from Process Evaluations

Avoiding Failures of Implementation: Lessons from Process Evaluations

By Amanda Cissner and Donald J. Farole, Jr.

This paper examines failures that occur during the implementation of a new initiative, seeking to identify lessons that may help practitioners avoid future pitfalls.

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Embracing Failure: Lessons for Court Managers

Embracing Failure: Lessons for Court Managers

By Greg Berman and Aubrey Fox

Excerpts of interviews with leading policymakers and practitioners about the role failure plays in criminal justice innovation.

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Learning from Failure: A Roundtable on Criminal Justice Innovation

By Greg Berman

An edited transcript from a day-long roundtable that brought together judges, court administrators, probation officials, prosecutors, police chiefs and defense attorneys from across the country to discuss lessons they have learned from projects that did not succeed.

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Trial and Error: Failure and Innovation in Criminal Justice Reform

By Greg Berman, Phillip Bowen and Adam Mansky

The National Association of Probation Executives published this paper on failure. The product of semi-structured interviews with criminal justice experts, researchers and practitioners, as well as a review of the literature on failure, it seeks to provoke debate as to why some criminal justice reforms work and why some do not.

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The Challenges of Going to Scale: Lessons from Other Disciplines for Problem-Solving Courts

The Challenges of Going to Scale: Lessons from Other Disciplines for Problem-Solving Courts

By Donald J. Farole, Jr.

A discussion of the lessons learned in going to scale with innovations in education and other fields, and what these lessons imply for state judiciaries as they seek to go to scale with problem-solving justice.

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