Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2005, $199,970)
The project is a unique public/private partnership between the Unified Court System, the Bronx District Attorney, the City of New York, the defense bar, and the Center for Court Innovation. Project staff undertook a year-long planning process that included extensive consultation with residents through focus groups, appearances at public hearings and individual interviews. Planners performed data analysis and a formal community needs assessment, and met regularly with relevant governmental, criminal justice and social service agencies. This is just the beginning of an ongoing process to solicit neighborhood input, including the creation of a Community Advisory Board (comprised of tenant leaders, school principals, clergy, police, and many others) which will meet regularly to inform project staff and system stakeholders about local conditions, review and refine program policies, and propose new programming ideas.