Margaret’s Place, a school-based initiative intended to provide trauma-informed programming, successfully reached and engaged students and provided comprehensive programing. The program was funded by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office across three school years (2018-19 to 2021-22) in two New York City public schools. The Center for Justice Innovation conducted a comprehensive study documenting the program model and implementation and outlining recommendations for program enhancement and potential expansion.
We talk of “second chances,” but rarely do we recognize that many of the millions of people returning from jail and prison each year never got a first one. This policy brief outlines a new vision for reentry focused on the social integration due to returning citizens. That starts with two priorities: immediate access to housing and to trauma-informed therapy.
Drug courts use an evidence-based approach to addressing the underlying substance use disorders that often contribute to crime. One of the major critiques of drug courts, however, is that they raise constitutional and legal concerns related to due process, right to counsel, access to appropriate treatment, confidentiality of information, and other fundamental legal protections.
In a joint effort to boost the fairness and efficiency of Connecticut’s legal system, the Center worked with the Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice to develop Moving Justice Forward—a step-by-step blueprint for meaningful change within the state’s prosecutors’ offices.
Our study of more than 100 young gun-carriers in Brooklyn identifies fear—for themselves and their loved ones—as the overwhelming factor behind the decision to carry. Under constant threat from other gun-carriers, as well as from police, and deprived of economic opportunities, participants describe a world with vanishingly few options. This report is part of a first-of-its-kind project using street participatory research to explore the socio-cultural roots of gun-carrying in U.S. cities.
Our knowledge about what works and what doesn’t in the field of justice reform has grown significantly in recent decades, but our willingness to pilot new initiatives has not kept pace. Through a focus on a pioneering New York City court, this article argues alternative-to-incarceration programs should follow the research and open participation to more charges, including violent ones, and seek to address a wider array of needs.
This multimedia toolkit has been developed for police and court professionals interested in enhancing or developing new or specialty programs serving people experiencing homelessness. The toolkit contains video, podcast, and written content.
The Statewide Drug Court Certification Toolkit was created to offer guidance and assistance to states creating a drug court certification process. This toolkit is specifically for adult drug court programs, but can be applied to other types of treatment court models. It features sample certification documents for users who are looking to create or enhance their statewide certification process.
As one component of the Strengthening the Foundation – A Researcher and Practitioner Partnership project funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this research brief provides a snapshot of the existing evidence base behind the adult drug court model, while also identifying potential areas of interest to seed the next generation of drug court research. Our findings document the data-driven successes of the drug court model, the evidence-based mechanisms that are associated with positive participant outcomes, and lastly, our recommendations for future research.