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Restorative Justice Strategies for Safe Streets
August 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Join us to learn about an innovative approach to driving-related offenses that seeks to increase awareness and meaningful accountability amongst dangerous drivers, rather than focusing on punishment, fines or fees. We’ll be joined by Amanda Berman, Director of the Red Hook Community Justice Center, who oversees the Center for Court Innovation’s Driver Accountability Program. Started in Brooklyn, the program has expanded to other parts of NYC with the support of their City Council, and in collaboration with groups such as Transportation Alternatives & Families for Safe Streets, who will also share their experiences on this 1-hour webinar. By incorporating elements of restorative justice and focusing on behavior change, the Driver Accountability Program offers a promising and proportionate alternative to traditional justice system responses, while reducing systemic harm and improving road safety for all.
Amanda Berman is the project director of the Red Hook Community Justice Center, the nation’s first multi-jurisdictional community court. Ms. Berman leads an interdisciplinary team of staff members who assess and link defendants with services, monitor compliance, oversee community restitution projects, assist victims, and collaborate with government and community stakeholders to promote principles of procedural justice, community engagement, and problem-solving. Prior to joining the Center for Court Innovation, Ms. Berman served as the senior director of court advocacy for the Fortune Society, where she oversaw court operations for alternative-to-incarceration programs. Ms. Berman began her career as a public defender at The Bronx Defenders, where she represented clients on cases ranging from misdemeanors to violent felonies and homicides. She also served as a trainer, supervisor, and team leader at the organization. Ms. Berman holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Brown University.