Midtown Community Justice Center

Midtown Community Justice Center hands out supplies during COVID-19


  • Project Reset

    Project Reset is a diversion program offering a new response to a low-level arrest that is proportionate, effective, and restorative.

Our Impact

  • 9,627 cases handled at the Justice Center in 2018

  • $1.2M estimated annual savings to the justice system primarily due to the reduced use of jail

  • 1M+ Defendants have performed more than 1 million hours of community service since the Justice Center's founding

Corey Johnson
When I visited Midtown Community Justice Center, I was really amazed by the programs and the excellent results. People were given real assistance that helped divert them from the criminal justice system, which is exactly what we want.
Corey Johnson Former New York City Council Speaker

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MCJC staff
Twenty-Five Years Young

Midtown Community Justice Center staff, including Judge Charlotte Davidson (far right), gather outside the courthouse as part of the festivities marking the Court's first quarter-century of operations.

 Police Community Midtown Community Justice Center James Baldwin School
Bringing Police and Community Together

The Midtown Community Justice Center hosts a police-community forum at James Baldwin School.

National Night Out Against Crime, Midtown staff talking to community residents
National Night Out Against Crime

Midtown Community Justice Center staff answer community members' questions during National Night Out Against Crime.

Publications & Digital Media

  • Video

    Changemakers in Action: Kristina Singleton

    Kristina Singleton works on diverting people from court into supportive or educational programming. Among the programs she works with at the Midtown Community Court are Project Reset, which offers those charged with a low-level crime the chance to avoid court and a criminal record by completing community-based programming, and a recently launched youth gun-diversion program for young people who have been arrested on gun possession charges.

  • Publication

    Fact Sheet: Manhattan Misdemeanor Mental Health Court

    The Manhattan Misdemeanor Mental Health Court helps people with mental health issues and co-occurring disorders engage meaningfully in social services that seek to reduce their involvement in the justice system. Launched in March 2022, our team works with participants to craft meaningful and individualized responses to the myriad intersectional issues that people living with serious mental illness face. Simultaneously the team addresses treatment needs while considering the quality of life and public safety concerns of the community.

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  • Gov. Hochul adds millions for mental health treatment services


    “We don’t want to see people locked up as the solution. We want them to get the help they need, get the stability, get the path toward a healthy life.” Governor Kathy Hochul visited our Midtown Community Justice Center to share exciting news of a $33 million investment into expanded mental health support for New Yorkers in the criminal legal system. On NY1, hear from the people working on the ground to link people who have been arrested to those life-changing services, including Mel Hodor from our Midtown Community Justice Center team.

  • New York announces $33 million for mental health services. Here's how it will be used

    CBS 2 New York

    At our Midtown Community Justice Center, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced expanded investments in support for New Yorkers struggling with mental illness, including $33 million to better respond to people in the criminal legal system. The boost in funding will support more programs like ours. “I could be in jail rotting away, but I changed my life,” program graduate Ibrahim Ayu told CBS News. “I’ve really been on a trajectory of going up because of the Midtown Community Justice Center.”

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The Justice Center is operated as a public/private partnership among the New York State Unified Court System, the City of New York and the Center for Justice Innovation. During the Justice Center's pilot period, funding came from a mix of sources, including the federal government, local government and dozens of foundations and corporations. Social service and community service partners include dozens of community-based and government agencies.

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