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1 The Scottish Association for the Study of Offending Glasgow Branch Annual Conference 12 May 2008 Community Courts: Bringing Community Justice into the Court System Julius Lang

2 2 primary roles DemonstrationExpert Assistance Goals: reduce crime, aid victims, strengthen neighborhoods, and promote public confidence in justice

3 Community Courts: hubs to shift practice in high volume areas neighborhood focus -harness power of justice system -help solve local problems

4 What if one sheriff assigned to cover particular area?... community involvement in planning and operation?... full menu of community sentences?... linkage to social services, through combination of mandate and voluntary engagement, within building if possible?... community “paid back” through unpaid work service?

5 Red Hook DVD

6 Community Involvement Needs assessment Advisory board Court-sponsored public forums/ meetings Volunteer opportunities Identification of sites for unpaid work Community impact panels On-going community outreach Community surveys Mediation Community access to services

7 Community Involvement Needs assessment Advisory board Court-sponsored public forums/ meetings Volunteer opportunities Identification of sites for unpaid work Community impact panels On-going community outreach Community surveys Mediation Community access to services

8 Community Involvement Needs assessment Advisory board Court-sponsored public forums/ meetings Volunteer opportunities Identification of sites for unpaid work Community impact panels On-going community outreach Community surveys Mediation Community access to services

9 Community Involvement Needs assessment Advisory board Court-sponsored public forums/ meetings Volunteer opportunities Identification of sites for unpaid work Community impact panels On-going community outreach Community surveys Mediation Community access to services

10 Community Involvement Needs assessment Advisory board Court-sponsored public forums/ meetings Volunteer opportunities Identification of sites for unpaid work Community impact panels On-going community outreach Community surveys Mediation Community access to services

11 Community Involvement Needs assessment Advisory board Court-sponsored public forums/ meetings Volunteer opportunities Identification of sites for unpaid work Community impact panels On-going community outreach Community surveys Mediation Community access to services

12 Community Involvement Needs assessment Advisory board Court-sponsored public forums/ meetings Volunteer opportunities Identification of sites for unpaid work Community impact panels On-going community outreach Community surveys Mediation Community access to services

13 Community Involvement Needs assessment Advisory board Court-sponsored public forums/ meetings Volunteer opportunities Identification of sites for unpaid work Community impact panels On-going community outreach Community surveys Mediation Community access to services

14 Community Involvement Needs assessment Advisory board Court-sponsored public forums/ meetings Volunteer opportunities Identification of sites for unpaid work Community impact panels On-going community outreach Community surveys Mediation Community access to services

15 Community Involvement Needs assessment Advisory board Court-sponsored public forums/ meetings Volunteer opportunities Identification of sites for unpaid work Community impact panels On-going community outreach Community surveys Mediation Community access to services

16 7 Examples of Outcomes Increased use of Community Sentences : use of community service sanctions rose from 29% to 69% Increased Compliance : 75% vs 50% Swifter Justice : 40% reduction in arrest to arraignment time Crime Reduction : Street prostitution drops 56%; Unlicensed vending down 24%; Red Hook top NYC precinct for two-year reduction in major crime Increased Public Support : 57% would pay more taxes; Approval ratings of courts from 11% to 71% Reduced Levels of Fear : Percentage of Red Hook residents afraid to go to the parks or subway has dropped 45 percent – from 77% to 43% Increased Procedural Fairness : 85% felt case handled fairly; 93% felt that the judge treated them fairly

17 International Experiments Australia Canada England and Wales Ireland New Zealand South Africa USA

18 International Experiments Australia Canada England and Wales Ireland New Zealand Scotland South Africa USA

19 Red Hook Community Justice Center, Brooklyn USA

20 Melbourne, Australia

21 Julius Lang


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