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NCJ Number: NCJ 238587     Find in a Library
Title: Working Together: How a Neighborhood Justice Center in Harlem is Building Bridges and Improving Safety
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Author(s): Carolyn Turgeon
Corporate Author: Center for Court Innovation
United States of America
Date Published: 2006
Page Count: 18
  Annotation: This paper examines a neighborhood justice center in Harlem, New York City.
Abstract: The Harlem Courthouse located in Harlem, New York is a vibrant neighborhood resource, home to an unusual experiment in neighborhood justice, the Harlem Community Justice Center. This paper provides information on a unique experiment in community justice, from planning to ongoing operations; highlights are provided regarding the key lessons of the Harlem Community Justice Center experience. Testimony is offered proving that a court and community can work together to generate neighborhood renewal. Since the late 1800s until 1961, the Harlem Courthouse housed the Municipal and magistrate's Courts; after New York City's courts were centralized, the building fell into disuse and was largely forgotten. Decades later, when court planners were looking for a location for a new community court, the courthouse seemed an ideal location. The center features a multi-jurisdictional courtroom that hears a mix of Family and Housing Court cases, along with an assortment of unconventional programs, including mediation, community service, and reentry initiatives.
Main Term(s): Neighborhood justice centers ; Community Courts
Index Term(s): Community action programs ; Community resources ; Model programs ; New York
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2005-DD-BX-0007
Sale Source: Center for Court Innovation
520 Eighth Avenue, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10018
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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