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Center for Court Innovation

The winner of an Innovations in American Government Award from the Ford Foundation and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Center for Court Innovation is a unique public-private partnership that promotes new thinking about how courts can solve difficult problems like addiction, quality-of-life crime, domestic violence, and child neglect. The center functions as the New York State Unified Court System’s independent research and development arm, creating demonstration projects that test new approaches to problems that have resisted conventional solutions. The center’s problem-solving courts include the nation’s first community court (Midtown Community Court in New York) as well as drug courts, domestic violence courts, youth courts, family treatment courts, and others.

Nationally, the center disseminates the lessons learned from its experiments in New York, helping courts across the country launch their own problem-solving innovations. The center contributes to the national conversation about justice by convening roundtable conversations that bring together leading academics and practitioners and by contributing to policy and professional journals. The center also provides hands-on technical assistance, advising court and criminal justice planners throughout the country about program and technology design.

For more information, call 212–397–3050 or e-mail

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Bureau of Justice Assistance Clearinghouse

For more indepth information about BJA, its programs, and its funding opportunities, requesters can call the BJA Clearinghouse. The BJA Clearinghouse, a component of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS), shares BJA program information with state and local agencies and community groups across the country. Information specialists are available to provide reference and referral services, publication distribution, participation and support for conferences, and other networking and outreach activities. The clearinghouse can be reached by:

P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849–6000

2277 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850

Clearinghouse staff are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. eastern time. Ask to be placed on the BJA mailing list.


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