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Research on Community Courts

Community Court Research – A Literature Review.

from Center for Court Innovation, A Public/Private Partnership with the New York State Unified Court System

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Community Court: The Research Literature

By Kelli Henry and Dana Kralstein

A review of the findings of 19 community court evaluations which were completed as of the end of 2010.

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Community Court Research Overview

Community courts are neighborhood-focused courts that attempt to harness the power of the justice system to address local problems. They can take many forms, but all focus on creative partnerships and problem solving. They strive to create new relationships, both within the justice system and with outside stakeholders such as residents, merchants, churches and schools. And they test new and aggressive approaches to public safety rather than merely responding to crime after it has occurred. The first community court in the country was the Midtown Community Court, launched in 1993 in New York City. Several dozen community courts, inspired by the Midtown model, are in operation or planning around the country; click here for a list of active courts. International interest in community courts is also increasing. For example, community courts are already in operation in South Africa, England, Australia and Canada.

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Transcript of “Try Again, Fail Again, Fail Better: Lessons from Community Courts”

An NIJ Research for the Real World Seminar
Greg Berman, Director, Center for Court Innovation

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Community-Based Problem-Solving Criminal Justice Initiative

Overview: Under the Community-Based Problem-Solving Criminal Justice Initiative, BJA has funded 10 demonstration criminal justice projects and one technical assistance provider. The goal of the initiative is to test proven problem-solving justice strategies in a wider variety of settings.

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Overcoming Obstacles to Community Courts:  A Summary of Workshop Proceedings

The movement to make our nation’s local justice systems more responsive to the citizens they serve is clearly one of the most important developments in criminal justice in recent years. At the heart of this movement are two innovative tools: community policing and community courts. These tools are bridging the gap between the ideal of responsiveness and the hard, daily work of meting out justice in America’s cities, suburbs, and rural areas.

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