Upstate New York

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    Fact Sheet: Upstate New York Office Overview

    The Center for Court Innovation’s Upstate New York office seeks to create a fairer legal system by designing and implementing new programs, performing original research, and providing reformers with the tools they need to launch new strategies. The office operates in Onondaga and neighboring counties where the team works closely with local practitioners to identify and address challenges in criminal, civil, and community settings.

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    Making Peace in Syracuse, New York: A Process Evaluation of the Near Westside Peacemaking Project

    Peacemaking is a traditional Native American approach to justice focused on healing and community restoration, rather than punishment. The Near Westside Peacemaking Project brings this practice to one of Syracuse, New York’s most distressed neighborhoods, offering community members a unique approach to addressing an array of community problems. This report describes the 24-month planning period and the first two years of program implementation, including program structure, goals, caseload, and feedback from participants.

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  • Changemakers in Action: Meet Sarah Reckess

    What started as part-time legal work as a brand new mom over 12 years ago has transformed into the role of program director for Sarah Reckess, who is leading and growing the Upstate New York office of the Center for Court Innovation. Based in Syracuse, Sarah’s team works within the court system and alongside communities throughout the Upstate New York region, from cities like Buffalo to rural communities east of Syracuse. 

  • Common Council Sets Aside $800k to Help Syracuse Tenants Navigate Housing Problems

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    The Center’s Syracuse Peacemaking Center will continue operation for another two years, thanks to funding from the city’s Common Council. Program ambassadors are working with community partners and guest speakers to provide residents a safe place to talk and connect them with mental health services. Our Leah Russell tells WAER how the program has “seen firsthand how housing concerns are exacerbating mental health issues.”

  • Funding and a New Partnership Working to Address Why Families Aren’t Testing Homes, Children for Lead

    This article details the Central New York Community Foundation's outreach efforts to help homeowners make their homes safer and protect children from lead paint that could be present in homes built before the paint was outlawed in 1978. The foundation is providing a $40,000 grant to fund a partnership between the Center for Court Innovation and Planned Parenthood of Western & Central New York to host dinner and ‘Kitchen Table Talks’ with neighbors to provide them with information and the tools they need to keep their communities safe from lead.

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