Center for Court Innovation
DOJ Training area of focus: Courts
The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit think tank dedicated to justice system reform. Since 1993, the Center has helped design and implement strategies for improving the performance of justice systems nationally and internationally. The Center currently operates more than a dozen demonstration projects, each of which is experimenting with new solutions to difficult problems like addiction, mental illness, delinquency, domestic violence, and community disorder. What unites all of these projects is an underlying philosophy known as problem-solving justice. This is the idea that the justice system should do more than simply process cases, it should actively seek to address the problems that bring people to court. The Center's Tribal Justice Exchange provides technical assistance to tribal communities seeking to develop or enhance their tribal court systems. Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance's Tribal Courts Assistance Program, the Tribal Justice Exchange has three major goals:
- Ensuring that tribal communities have access to training and ongoing technical assistance about problem-solving
- Encouraging formal collaborations between traditional tribal justice systems and state and local court systems.
- Identifying and disseminating best practices developed in Indian Country that could help strengthen public safety initiatives elsewhere in the United States.
- The Tribal Justice Exchange offers a range of services designed to meet these goals.
Technical Assistance Site Visits
The Tribal Justice Exchange provides onsite needs assessments to assist tribal communities in developing community-based problem solving strategies to meet local needs. Program staff work directly with tribal representatives to help identify the tribe's concerns and assist in the creation of a plan for addressing those concerns in a way that builds upon local resources, strengths, and traditions.
Through the Tribal Justice Exchange, tribes are able to visit the Center's demonstration projects in the New York City area, including the award-winning Red Hook Community Justice Center and the Midtown Community Court. Each of the Center's demonstration projects is a real world experiment that offers visitors the opportunity to see problem-solving justice in action. For more information about the Center's demonstration projects, visit the Center's website, www.courtinnovation.org/tribal.
The Tribal Justice Exchange is committed to promoting communication and information sharing among tribal and non-tribal justice systems. Program staff will work with tribal justice experts from across the country to produce a series of briefing papers addressing timely issues in tribal justice, including strategies for incorporating
traditional tribal justice practices into state justice systems. These papers will be available free of charge on the Center for Court Innovation website.
The Tribal Justice Exchange is available to provide individualized technical assistance to tribal communities throughout the United States. Technical assistance is not limited to tribes that have been awarded federal grants. The Tribal Justice Exchange works with justice system professionals and those whose work intersects with the justice system. This includes judges, court staff, prosecutors, defense attorneys, court advocates, law enforcement, probation, parole, and pretrial services, as well as substance abuse treatment providers, victim services, job training programs, education institutions, and more.
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