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NCJ Number: NCJ 185652     Find in a Library
Title: There Are No Victimless Crimes: Community Impact Panels at the Midtown Community Court
Author(s): Robin Campbell
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 98-VF-GX-0017
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Publisher: https://www.bja.gov/ 
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: As implemented by the Midtown Community Court in New York City, Community Impact Panels involve about 2 hours of facilitated conversation between perpetrators of low-level crime and representatives from the community to deal with quality of life offenses.
Abstract: The central goal of panels is to give community residents a chance to talk about the impact of low-level crime on the community. Each panel is composed of community representatives, a facilitator, and offenders. The community representatives are volunteers, recruited by the court from the neighborhood, and include people who live or work in the area, merchants, activist citizens, social service providers, police officers, and religious representatives. The facilitator is a trained mediator from Victim Services, New York City's leading victim assistance agency. Each panel is unique in that different types of offenses and different types of personalities yield dramatically different conversations. The Midtown Community Court is continuously exploring ways of improving the panel program's effectiveness and monitors the program using research questionnaires given to offenders and community volunteers before and after each panel session. The work of the panels to date indicates there are no victimless crimes. Challenges faced by the Midtown Community Court in implementing the panel program are noted, and the effectiveness of the program is demonstrated.
Main Term(s): Community crime prevention programs
Index Term(s): Municipal courts ; Program evaluation ; Volunteer programs ; Volunteers ; Crime prevention measures ; Victim services ; Mediation ; Victim-offender relationships ; Victim-offender reconciliation ; BJA grant-related documents ; New York
   
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