A Speedy and Public Trial: Community Solutions to Court Backlogs in the Post-COVID World

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Across the United States, American communities are facing unprecedented court backlogs. These backlogs are delaying justice for victims, unfairly punishing the accused, and putting communities at risk. The good news is, there are community solutions delivering faster, less expensive, and potentially better solutions than traditional courts.

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Across the United States, American communities are facing unprecedented court backlogs. Criminal defendants will wait 3 years for a hearing in Milwaukee, and up to ten in King County, WA. Civil disputes are affected too, with a backlog of over 45,000 cases in New Jersey alone.

More than just a paperwork issue, these backlogs delay justice for victims, unfairly punish the accused, and put American communities at risk, as the slow grind of justice leaves dangers to the public on the streets.

The good news is, there are community solutions around the country that are successfully relieving case backlogs, delivering free or low-cost conflict resolution solutions that are faster, less expensive, and deliver better justice than traditional courts.

ICS researchers have spent over a year identifying, cataloging and evaluating community solutions to court backlogs, to bring you this in-depth guide to how to address delays in justice in your community.

In this guide, you’ll find community solutions to justice including:

  • Community Mediation
  • Restorative Conferencing
  • Sentencing Circles
  • Victim-offender dialogue
  • Teen Court
  • and more

This guide comes with:

  • An in-depth analysis on each solution, including its history, process, benefits and drawbacks
  • Case studies of nonprofits successfully using each solution in their community
  • Advice from community leaders on how to implement these solutions in your community.

 

A Speedy and Public Trial: Community Solutions to Court Backlogs in the Post-COVID World

THIS IS A WORKING PAPER AND HAS NOT YET BEEN COMPLETED

 

Across the United States, American communities are facing unprecedented court backlogs.

 

These backlogs are delaying justice for victims, unfairly punishing the accused, and putting communities at risk.

 

The good news is, there are community solutions delivering faster, less expensive, and potentially better solutions than traditional courts.

Download Report

Discover community solutions to justice.

WORKING PAPER

Across the United States, American communities are facing unprecedented court backlogs.

Criminal defendants will wait 3 years for a hearing in Milwaukee, and up to ten in King County, WA. Civil disputes are affected too, with a backlog of over 45,000 cases in New Jersey alone. More than just a paperwork issue, these backlogs delay justice for victims, unfairly punish the accused, and put American communities at risk, as the slow grind of justice leaves dangers to the public on the streets.

The good news is, there are community solutions around the country that are successfully relieving case backlogs, delivering free or low-cost conflict resolution solutions that are faster, less expensive, and deliver better justice than traditional courts.

ICS researchers have spent over a year identifying, cataloging and evaluating community solutions to court backlogs, to bring you this in-depth guide to how to address delays in justice in your community.

In this guide, you’ll find community solutions to justice including:

  • Community Mediation
  • Restorative Conferencing
  • Sentencing Circles
  • Victim-offender dialogue
  • Teen Court
  • and more

This guide comes with:

  • An in-depth analysis on each solution, including its history, process, benefits and drawbacks
  • Case studies of nonprofits successfully using each solution in their community
  • Advice from community leaders on how to implement these solutions in your community.