Friday, November 30, 2012

Community Advisory Board Meeting

Please join us on December 6th at 5:30 PM in Courtroom A301 (3rd Floor) of the Newark Municipal Court for our last Community Advisory Board meeting of 2012  
For our final meeting of 2012, we will present information on outstanding warrants in the community - a topic that affects many Newark residents and is based on input from existing CAB members, Newark Community Solutions staff, and other community leaders. At the meeting, we will hear from Shenique S. Thomas, Ph.D. a Senior Research Project Manager at Rutgers University, School of Criminal Justice, Newark Community Solutions Judge Victoria Pratt, and attorneys from Newark Reentry Legal Services (ReLeSe) who will provide information on:
  • What municipal warrants are and how they affect people;
  •  The legal process for resolving them; and
  • Where people can go to get help.
We would ask that you spread the word about the CAB meeting among your friends, neighbors and coworkers. Looking forward to your contributions and participation as we collaborate to make our community safer. See you next week!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Court, Police and Residents Problem-solving in Newark's 2nd Precinct

Last night, I had had the pleasure of meeting with Newark residents and police officers at Newark’s 2nd Police Precinct.  Talk about spirited dialogue!! At the conclusion of my presentation on where things stand at Newark Community Solutions, long-time and new residents alike gave their views on public safety and offered up ideas on how the court can help them. I couldn’t help but come away encouraged, both by the respectful tone of the exchanges and the participants’ obvious dedication to working with their justice system partners. A few quick takeaways from the meeting. 
  •   Residents want a better understanding of the court’s priorities and resources.

  •   Despite figures showing a decrease in crime, visible signs of public disorder, like trash strewn parks and aggressive panhandling, discourage some residents from enjoying their public spaces.*  
  • Residents are receptive to working with NCS to create additional community service projects.  
The meeting was made possible by the 2nd Precinct’s Commanding Officer, Captain Ivonne Roman, Executive Officer Lieutenant Michael Leroux and our friends at the Center for Collaborative Change. 
*Crime is down in the 2nd Precinct over last year.