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Happy 12th Anniversary to Red Hook!

The Red Hook Community Justice Center first opened its doors twelve years ago today, and in the ensuing years has made some amazing accomplishments:

Reduced Incarceration: The Justice Center has reduced the use of jail in misdemeanor cases by 50 percent.

Accountability: Compliance rates with court orders average 75 percent – a 50 percent improvement on the standard at comparable courts.

Public Trust: Approval ratings of police, prosecutors and judges have increased three‑fold since the Justice Center opened. 

Public Support: A door-to-door survey revealed that 94 percent of local residents support the community court.  Before the Justice Center opened, only 12 percent of local residents rated local courts favorably. 

Reduced Fear: Since 1999, the percentage of Red Hook residents who say they are afraid to go to the parks or subway at night has dropped 42 percent.

Fairness: More than 85 percent of criminal defendants report that their cases were handled fairly by the Justice Center – results that were consistent regardless of defendant background (e.g. race, sex, education) or case outcome.

Click here to read more about research results, including caseload, sentencing, compliance, and other outcomes.


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