Red Hook Community Justice Center

Photo of Community Outreach at the Justice Center


  • Peacemaking Program

    Building on a traditional Native American approach to justice, the Center’s peacemaking programs focus on healing and community restoration rather than punishment.

  • Youth Court

    Youth courts train teenagers to handle real-life cases involving their peers, offering a restorative response to misbehavior.

  • Housing Resource Centers

    Through housing, financial, and legal assistance, we help tenants navigate housing court to resolve critical repairs and prevent evictions.

  • Driver Accountability Program

    The Driver Accountability Program is an innovative response to driving-related offenses that seeks to improve traffic safety and increase accountability among dangerous drivers. 

Our Impact

  • 3 of 4 defendants receive social services instead of jail or fines

  • 1% Less than 1% of cases receive jail at arraignment

  • 20% drop in re-offending among juvenile defendants; adult re-offending was reduced by 10%

Makayla Lovette testimonial
Even though I first came to the Justice Center because I had a conflict it turned out to be something positive for me and I think that’s just what the Community Justice Center is for everybody in Red Hook.
Makayla Lovette Participant at the Red Hook Community Justice Center

Photo Gallery

Demitri Stanle an alumnus of the Red Hook Youth Court
Youth Court Alum Helps Launch Contest

Demitri Stanley, an alumnus of the Red Hook Youth Court and intern with the New York Police Department, addresses a news conference at the launch of the #MyBrooklynStory contest. Seated at left is Police Commissioner James O'Neill.

Red Hook Community Justice Center Service
Beautifying the Neighborhood

Young people from the Justice Center's summer internship program team with local police officers to beautify a prominent corner on Red Hook's main business corridor.

Red Hook Community Justice Bridging the Gap
Breaking Down Stereotypes

‘Bridging the Gap’ events bring together young people, local police officers, and community members to break down stereotypes on all sides. 

Red Hook Community Justice Center 'Bridging the Gap' event
Bridging the Gap

At the third 'Bridging the Gap' event, Officer Fuentes of the 72nd Precinct talks with a community member. (Photo by Lauren Henschel.)

Publications & Digital Media

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  • Opinion: How a Court’s Mission Aligned with its Response to Superstorm Sandy

    City & State

    Judge Alex Calabrese is stepping down from his 22-year tenure as Red Hook Community Justice Center's presiding judge. The nation's first multijurisdictional court in the country with criminal, family, and housing court cases all appearing before a single judge, this courtroom put people—and the community—at the center of justice. The model has now been replicated in jurisdictions across the country, and internationally, showing the effects of a holistic approach to justice. In this op-ed published by both City & State and NYN Media, Judge Calabrese reflects on 22 years of service, recalling times when the courtroom was turned into a crisis center to meet the needs of the moment, and all the ways in which the Justice Center improves lives in the Red Hook, Brooklyn community.

  • Calabrese’s Court goes Back Live

    The Red Hook Star-Review

    "I’d just like people to know that we’re here to continue to help people and try to make a difference for the community,” says Edna McGoldrick of the Red Hook Community Justice Center and the services offered. After operating virtually during the pandemic, our Red Hook Community Justice Center and housing court are re-opened, allowing our staff to assist residents access the repairs, renewals, and services they need, and as always, treat every person that comes through the doors with dignity and respect. 

  • How Should We Meet? And Who Decides?

    The New York Times

    In Priya Parker's essay, the author of "The Art of the Gathering", the Red Hook Community Justice Center is cited as an early example of a place that rethought how meetings work and serves as an inspiration for the current discussion about how workplaces can rethink the when, who, and how of meetings.

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