Thursday, December 5, 2013

NYC Mayor-Elect Announces New Police Commissioner In A Community Court

Yesterday at a press conference held in the Red Hook Community Justice Center, our sister project in Brooklyn, New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced that William Bratton will be the new commissioner of the New York Police Department. De Blasio chose the Red Hook Community Justice Center as the setting to make the announcement to emphasize the importance of community collaboration.“The fundamental idea” behind the Red Hook Community Justice Center’s work, de Blasio explained, is that “the way to fight crime... is with the community. This has been epitomized here to great, great effect, and that idea animates... my entire view of public safety and how we have to move forward as a city.”

The mayor-elect cited results from a recent independent evaluation, noting that 78 percent of the cases heard at the Red Hook Community Justice Center received alternative sanctions, including community service or social service mandates. He also noted that the Center has reduced the number of offenders receiving jail sentences by 35 percent. The study also found that the Justice Center helped reduce recidivism among both juvenile and adult defendants.

According to Mayor-elect de Blasio, “Public safety and respect for the public are not contradictory ideas; they are complimentary ideas. They go hand in hand."

Monday, December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving Community Service Recap

The amazing kindness of Newarkers, both young and old, was on full display last Thursday at New Hope Baptist Church. You haven’t been “put to work” till you've been issued a ladle, apron and gloves by the folks who make New Hope’s Food and Shelter Ministry possible. We thank them for the wonderful work they do 365 days a year and for allowing the Newark Youth Court and Newark Community Solutions to be a small part of that work.

New Hope's Food and Shelter Ministry is a also a community service partner of Newark Community Solutions. Adults who receive a sentence of community service at the Newark Municipal Court, instead of a fine or jail, are sent by Newark Community Solutions to complete their community service obligations at community-based projects like New Hope's food pantry.