Community Courts

A young man looks into a window on a door marked “Courtroom.” A man wearing a New York Police Department jacket and a man in a suit face another policeman as well as a seated judge. Behind them, a sign reads “Community Justice Center.”

Imagine a court that works for change instead of punishment.

The Red Hook Community Justice Center is at the forefront of a legal revolution: preventing crime in lieu of simply “doing time.” 

RED HOOK JUSTICE follows the ups and downs of this experimental court as defendants, staffers and locals work together to solve the problems of their troubled Brooklyn neighborhood.
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