The Midtown Community Court Reconsidered?

David B. Rottman, National Center for State Courts

The Midtown Community Court opened for business in the Times Square area of Manhattan in 1993 as a carefully planned experiment in devising more effective sanctions for low level offenders and establishing a close connection between a court and its surrounding community. The author participated in two large-scale research projects that evaluated the new court over its first four years of operation using a wide range of methodologies. Findings from that research viewed in the context of the subsequent growth of problem-solving courts are shown to have implications for current debates about problem-solving courts such as their model of adjudication, impact on the larger trial court system, likely longevity, and role as a change agent.

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Updated 05/20/2006