Scotland's first community court, based on a radical U.S. model that works by giving offenders education, drug programmes and reparation orders rather than prison, is being planned for Glasgow's east end.
The Red Hook Justice Center is much more than a courthouse, said Brooklyn Justice Alex Calabrese, who joined a panel discussion on Innovations in Design: Collaboration and the Problem-Solving Courthouse. The Red Hook courthouse also functions as a community resource center where court officers give after-school tutoring sessions and the Friends of Coffey Park, a volunteer group, meets to organize clean-up projects.
Before a standing room only crowd gathered in the stately law library of New York Family Court in Manhattan last Thursday afternoon, a group of teenagers reported that youth in foster care would be better served if they were more involved in the process aimed at finding them a permanent home.
Mr. Fagan is a 38-year-old case manager for Bronx Community Solutions, a nonprofit group that looks for alternatives to jail time for people convicted of low-level crime. He hatched the idea for a basketball league facing ex-offenders against police officers in the tense aftermath of the police shooting of Sean Bell.