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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Procedural Justice at Work in Newark

Another press clip about a partner project of Bronx Community Solutions - this time featuring Newark Community Solutions, and the procedural justice tenets they are able to employ with the help of an enthusiastic judge, Judge Victoria Pratt.

The Simple Idea That Could Transform U.S. Criminal Justice

"[There are] four principles of procedural justice: first, that people who come before a judge trust that the process is impartial; second, that they are treated with respect; third, that they understand what is going on and what they are expected to do; fourth, that they have a voice. Defendants find the procedure fairer when they are allowed to state their views. Experimental evidence shows that this is true even when they are allowed to speak only after the judge has announced their decision. No one likes to lose a court case. But people accept losing more willingly if they believe the procedures used to handle their case are fair."

Monday, June 22, 2015

Red Hook in the Press

Judge Alex Calabrese, who has presided over RHCJC for the last 15 years

Recently there was some great press in the New York Times about our partner project, the Red Hook Community Justice Center. Check it out here:

A Court Keeps People Out of Rikers While Remaining Tough

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

BCS Cleans Up and Gains New Partners

Last Thursday morning, BCS Community Service Crew Supervisor Ramon Semorile, BCS UpNext Intern Marlow and myself along with five BCS community service participants headed to Waste Management in the Bronx as part of a new collaboration. We met with Joanne Persad, Government and Public Affairs Manager of NYC Waste Management. Waste Management is responsible for the collection, transport and disposal of garbage, sewage and other waste products. This collaboration was made possible after the suggestion by John Johnson from GrowNYC, with whom Bronx Community Solutions has worked many times on educating the public about the important of recycling. 
We worked at the edge of the Harlem RiverYard Wild Life Habitat, a section of which was affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. We participated by picking up trash, raking dry leaves and pruning. Our work involved preparing the ground for an organization called the New York Restoration Project, who will now be able to start planting in the area.

We are hoping to have a follow-up event where we bring participants to help with the final product! To be continued...

- Moises Reyes, Coordinator of Community Service and Initiatives