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NCJ Number: 234742 Find in a Library
Title: Try Again, Fail Again, Fail Better: Lessons From Community Courts - Interview With Greg Berman
Author(s): Greg Berman
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: April 2011
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: Agency Summary|Video (4 segments, 00:06:29)
Agency Summary: 
Type: Conference Material; Interview; Presentation (Multimedia)
Format: Document (Online); Video (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This video and its transcript cover an interview with Greg Berman - director of the Center for Court Innovation - that elaborates on his presentation at the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ’s) Research for the Real World Seminar Series, in which he discusses research that measured the neighborhood impact of the Red Hook Community Justice Center, a neighborhood-based court in a low income Brooklyn neighborhood (New York).
Abstract: This community court primarily hears neighborhood misdemeanor cases and some low-level felony cases. The court aims to combine punishment and service by linking offenders to visible community restitution projects, so they make a positive contribution to the neighborhood they have harmed with their criminal behavior. The court also links offenders to social service interventions and job training designed to better prepare them for constructive employment and social interactions. Community surveys before the community court was launched and for extended periods after it had been operating showed that residents had moved from a negative to a more positive view of the criminal justice system. This case study is used as an example of how perceptions and experiences of justice are formed at the neighborhood level where residents experience first hand how their lives have changed because their neighborhoods and the people with whom they interact have changed. Berman argues that in times when resources and funding are tight, priority should be given to research investments that lead to cost-effective improvements in quality of life at the neighborhood level.
Main Term(s): Community Courts
Index Term(s): Alternatives to Incarceration; Misdemeanor courts; Neighborhood; New York; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Public Opinion of the Courts; Sentencing/Sanctions
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