The future of justice

Justice is not simply punishing people who commit crimes — it’s also about promoting safer communities.

With the the vision of keeping Brooklyn safe and strengthening community trust in the justice system, District Attorney Eric Gonzalez convened Justice 2020 to give him guidance on how to achieve that goal.

Civic Consulting USA was tasked with designing and managing an inclusive planning process centered on listening to the people of Brooklyn: youth and seniors, victims and system-involved individuals, those with multi-generational roots and those newly arrived.

With the help of more than 70 community members, criminal justice reform advocates and experts, faith leaders, formerly incarcerated people, and police officers, we scoured the nation for new ideas and best practices, analyzed hundreds of ideas, and prioritized a handful into an action plan. (Download Justice 2020 Action Plan)

Civic Consulting was further tasked with designing and launching an implementation program. To date, 194 lawyers and professional staff have been actively involved, and many initiatives are already showing results:

  • 12% fewer homicides in 2018
  • 70% of cases in young adult court resolved with no criminal record
  • 58% reduction in people held on bail pre-trial

As The Wall Street Journal reported, the plan will “make Brooklyn a national model.”

“Evidence tells us there is a very small number of individuals who are responsible for the vast majority of violent crimes,” said DA Gonzalez. “This is where our focus should be.”