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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.

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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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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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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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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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The U.S. Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Initiative: Formative Evaluation of the Phase I Demonstration Program

The U.S. Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Initiative: Formative Evaluation of the Phase I Demonstration Program

By Rachel Swaner and Julia Kohn

This report describes the nature and scope of children's exposure to violence in eight sites nationwide that were selected to participate in the Attorney General's Defending Childhood demonstration program. This report describes the strategies the sites chose and draws key lessons from the planning phase. 

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Tips for Conducting Randomized Trials in a Criminal Court Settings

Tips for Conducting Randomized Trials in a Criminal Court Settings

In this interview, Michael Rempel, the Center for Court Innovation's director of research, discusses practical lessons that can assist researchers in the successful execution of randomized trials in criminal court settings. The interview was conducted by 4researchers.org, a website concerned with research design and methodology.

Challenges of and Tips for Conducting Randomized Trials in a Criminal Court Setting

Lessons Learned from Conducting Randomized Trials in a Criminal Court Setting

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A Full Response to an Empty House: Public Safety Strategies for Addressing Mortgage Fraud and the Foreclosure Crisis

A Full Response to an Empty House: Public Safety Strategies for Addressing Mortgage Fraud and the Foreclosure Crisis

By Robert V. Wolf

An overview of law enforcement and government responses to mortgage fraud, foreclosure, and abandoned property, drawing on focus groups sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance in January 2009.

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Addressing Foreclosed and Abandoned Properties

Addressing Foreclosed and Abandoned Properties

By Roxann Pais and Robert V. Wolf

The strategies in this guide—which have been culled from real-life approaches across the U.S.—are intended to assist law enforcement and government agencies seeking to prevent property abandonment and lessen problems when abandonment occurs.

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Teens Educating about Community Health: Examining the Efficacy of an HIV/Substance Abuse Peer Education Program

Teens Educating about Community Health: Examining the Efficacy of an HIV/Substance Abuse Peer Education Program

By Rachel Swaner

This report summarizes findings from a six-year process and impact evaluation of a teen peer education program related to HIV and substance abuse in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

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Youth Culture in Red Hook, Brooklyn: Using Ethnographic Research to Enhance Youth Program Planning

Youth Culture in Red Hook, Brooklyn: Using Ethnographic Research to Enhance Youth Program Planning

By Elise White

A study that explores the advantages of employing ethnographic research as a central strategy of youth program development.

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Action Research: Using Information to Improve Your Drug Court

Action Research: Using Information to Improve Your Drug Court

By Michael Rempel

A practical guide for drug court administrators and staff reporting how they can use data productively to monitor their operations, measure key performance indicators, identify areas of success, and bring to light problem areas or ways to improve.

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Recidivism 101: Evaluating the Impact of Your Drug Court

Recidivism 101: Evaluating the Impact of Your Drug Court

By Michael Rempel

A plain-language discussion written either for practitioners or for researchers new to the drug court field of the key methodological questions that must be addressed in any recidivism analysis.

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