The criminal legal system has a well-documented history of racial disparities and mistreatment of minoritized racial and ethnic groups. Treatment courts are a part of this same system and unfortunately, have not been exempt from racial and ethnic disparities in its programs. American University and the Center for Justice Innovation collaborated to assist treatment courts in several states in tackling racial and ethnic disparities.
This guide on Risk-Need-Responsivity: Response Recommendations for Community Courts provides best practices for court practitioners in alignment with evidence-based RNR findings, including advice on incentives and sanctions and a response matrix template.
On Tuesday, December 5th, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Midtown Community Justice Center (formerly Midtown Community Court) with a group of changemakers dedicated to advancing justice in the city. Our executive director, Courtney Bryan, and Midtown Community Justice Center director, Danielle Mindess, led the event, with opening remarks from Midtown Community Justice Center Judge John Zhuo Wang and Chief Judge Rowan D. Wilson, and a special panel discussion with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Mindy Tarlow, Errol Louis, Rasmia Kirmani, and Marlon Peterson.
Vincent Schiraldi used to run probation in New York City; now he’s questioning whether it should exist at all. Schiraldi says some of the roots of mass supervision—and its connection to mass incarceration—can be found in a surprising place: the Supreme Court’s 1963 Gideon decision. It recognized, but failed to adequately support, a poor person’s right to a lawyer. Hear the final episode in New Thinking’s “Gideon at 60” series.
In partnership with the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office, this study looks at the potential for offering meaningful alternatives to traditional prosecution for people accused of felony offenses in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, laying out key aspects of planning a successful diversion program.
New Thinking profiles the fight to secure lawyers for people facing eviction and the radical impact that is having in Housing Court. With its 1963 Gideon decision, the Supreme Court guaranteed a lawyer to any poor person facing prison time. For criminal cases, the decision was both sweeping and critically incomplete. On the civil side, the campaign for a right to counsel is taking a different approach—it's slow and piecemeal, but it's also working.
In a system rife with economic and racial disparities and swollen jail populations, could public defenders be the answer hiding in plain sight? Following a roundtable hosted by the Center for Justice Innovation on the sixtieth anniversary of the landmark Gideon v. Wainwright decision, this policy brief explores key areas where public defenders and jurisdictions are—despite their limited resources—working to make the promise of Gideon a reality.
After sweeping reforms to New Jersey’s criminal justice system, Newark Community Solutions joined local criminal justice practitioners and launched a pilot program in Essex County to bring supportive services to people with mental health needs awaiting trial in the community. This report gathers lessons and recommendations gleaned from Newark Community Solutions’ experience providing assessment and case management services within this pilot program.
This webinar, led by Jojopahmaria Nsoroma of the Alma Center and Higher Expectations Consulting Collaborative, provides a framework for APIP facilitator self-reflection to foster authentic engagement and growth for both program participants and themselves.
This webinar, led by Amirthini Keefe of the Domestic Abuse Project, provides a framework for practitioners working in abusive partner intervention programs to engage in reflection around racial and implicit bias, identify goals for accountability and change in their own networks, and learn tactics for addressing bias within their work.