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Interviews

How Can Lawyers Help Address Poverty and Eviction? A Conversation with Law Professor Raymond Brescia

How Can Lawyers Help Address Poverty and Eviction? A Conversation with Law Professor Raymond Brescia

In this New Thinking podcast, Raymond H. Brescia, associate professor of Law at Albany Law School, speaks with Aubrey Fox and Robert V. Wolf of the Center for Court Innovation about the role lawyers can play in addressing poverty and eviction, why New York City has been dramatically expanding funding to provide lawyers to respondents in Housing Court, debt collection cases as the next great issue for public interest attorneys, and how a good lawyer is like a patronus from a Harry Potter book. 

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Criminal Justice at the Crossroads: Transforming Crime and Punishment

Criminal Justice at the Crossroads: Transforming Crime and Punishment

William R. Kelly, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Criminology and Criminal Justice Research at the University of Texas at Austin, discusses his new book, "Criminal Justice at the Crossroads: Transforming Crime and Punishment," and the costs of mass incarceration.

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'Peace Must Begin With Me': An Interview with Syracuse Peacemaker Carl Thomas

'Peace Must Begin With Me': An Interview with Syracuse Peacemaker Carl Thomas

Carl Thomas is a trained volunteer peacemaker with the Near Westside Peacemaking Project, an initiative of the Syracuse office of the Center for Court Innovation. Thomas sat down with Sarah Reckess, director of the Syracuse office, to talk about his interest in peacemaking, the challenges of the work, and how the community can begin to heal itself.

Sarah Reckess: Why were you interested in being part of the Near Westside Peacemaking Project?

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Using Evidence-Based Assessment To Create Problem-Solving Interventions

Using Evidence-Based Assessment To Create Problem-Solving Interventions

Center for Court Innovation Associate Director of Research Sarah Picard-Fritsche discusses the risk-need-responsivity model for working with offenders and the Center's efforts to create a brief screening tool for assessing the risks and needs of criminal defendants. (May 2015)

Publications

Brooklyn Justice Intiatives

Brooklyn Justice Intiatives

This Brooklyn Justice Initiatives annual report outlines the first year of a supervised release program that aims to reduce pre-trial detention for misdemeanor defendants in Brooklyn, New York.

Publications

Building Healthy Teen Relationships: An Evaluation of the Fourth R Curriculum with Middle School Students in the Bronx

Building Healthy Teen Relationships: An Evaluation of the Fourth R Curriculum with Middle School Students in the Bronx

By Amanda Cissner and Lama Hassoun Ayoub

As the first U.S.-based evaluation of the The Fourth R: Strategies for Healthy Young Relationships, a dating violence prevention curriculum, this randomized controlled trial tests the effectiveness of the program with middle school students in the Bronx, New York. The curriculum, previously found to have limited impacts with Canadian ninth-graders, was found to have modest effects with the younger target audience. Notably, it was found to delay sexual activity for all participating students, and those students who received more of the program saw even greater delays in sexual activity, as well as reductions in bullying perpetration and attitudinal improvements. Results also suggest that high-risk students realized some reductions in dating violence.

 

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The International Rule of Law Movement: David Marshall on the Need for Reform

The International Rule of Law Movement: David Marshall on the Need for Reform

David Marshall, editor of The International Rule of Law Movement: A Crisis of Legitimacy and the Way Forward, discusses the international rule of law as an industry--one that has been promoted as offering solutions in post-conflict and fragile states and that too often fails. Marshall discusses some of the reasons for these failures and outlines some alternative approaches to interventions in fragile states. (September 2014)

 

Publications

School Safety in New York City: Policy, Practice, and Programs from 2002 to 2013

School Safety in New York City: Policy, Practice, and Programs from 2002 to 2013

By Lama Hassoun Ayoub

This brief aims to inform school safety policy for the incoming mayoral administration of Bill de Blasio as well as other stakeholders in New York City. It describes changes in school safety practice, policy, and programs during the previous administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg (2002-2013). The brief was funded by the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity and the Mayor's Office in late 2013.

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Rent, Rights, and Repairs

Rent, Rights, and Repairs

A collaboration between the Red Hook Community Justice Center and the Center for Urban Pedagogy, Rent, Rights, and Repairs is a step-by-step guide to housing court for public housing residents in New York City.

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Innovation Down Under: Director of New Centre Explains What Justice Innovation Looks Like In Australia

Innovation Down Under: Director of New Centre Explains What Justice Innovation Looks Like In Australia

Tania Sourdin, a professor of law and dispute resolution at Monash University in Melbourne, explains how the Australian Centre for Justice Innovation, which she directs, supports reform through research and experimental projects. March 2013

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The Adolescent Diversion Program in New York: A Reform in Progress

The Adolescent Diversion Program in New York: A Reform in Progress

By Richard Ross and Alfred Siegel

This paper reviews the lessons learned from nine pilot court sites testing the Adolescent Diversion Program, which brings cases of 16- and 17-year-olds before specially trained judges, who have access to an expanded array of dispositions, including age-appropriate services. The Adolescent Diversion Program was created as a forerunner to “Raise-The-Age” legislation.

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The Short Answer: What Role Do Demonstration Projects Play in the Shaping of Public Policy?

The Short Answer: What Role Do Demonstration Projects Play in the Shaping of Public Policy?

Herb Sturz, senior fellow at the Open Society, provides a short answer to the question:  What role do demonstration projects play in the shaping of public policy?

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Going It Alone: The Story of the Intensive Alternative to Custody Pilots

Going It Alone: The Story of the Intensive Alternative to Custody Pilots

By Phillip Bowen

This monograph, published by the Centre for Justice Innovation with the assistance of the Probation Chiefs Association, identifies five key factors that have allowed seven Probation Trusts in England and Wales to continue to deliver high-intensity community sentence projects despite cuts in funding from the central government. This paper was underwritten by the Hadley Trust.

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Prostitution Diversion Programs

Prostitution Diversion Programs

By Sarah Schweig, Danielle Malangone and Miriam Goodman

Many communities across the country grapple with how best to respond to prostitution.

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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.

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