Community Justice Experiment Proves Ineffective


England's first and only community justice center is no more effective at reducing recidivism rates than other courts, according to a recent report from the country's Ministry of Justice.

The North Liverpool Community Justice Centre (NLCJC), modeled after Brooklyn's Red Hook Community Justice Center, opened in 2005 with the goal of providing a “one-stop shop” for various criminal justice agencies, support services and community groups to coordinate in an attempt to reduce crime.

Researchers for the Ministry of Justice compared recidivism rates for criminals processed at the NLCJC between 2007 and 2009 to those processed at traditional courts during the same time. “There was no evidence that the NLCJC had a positive impact on re-offending for any particular type of offender, according to age, gender, disposal or index offence,” according to their analysis.

Read the report HERE

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