An alternative to the traditional system, Project Reset is providing a way to resolve a case quickly without going to court or suffering disproportionate consequences. By participating in community-based programming, participants can have their case dismissed while avoiding some of the collateral consequences of the traditional system. Simultaneously, Project Reset can connect participants to community resources that can address their needs and the underlying causes of an arrest. The program has looked to innovate by partnering with arts institutions, such as the New Museum and Brooklyn Museum, to create meaningful arts-based programming
This document is a blueprint for other jurisdictions, justice system stakeholders, arts practitioners, institutions, teachers, and social services providers, looking to start or continue the important work of early diversion and the growing desire for leveraging arts-based programming to center participant experience, explore accountability, and transform the criminal justice system.