The Midtown Community Court Reconsidered?

David B. Rottman, National Center for State Courts

ABSTRACT
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