Center for Court Innovation, Newark Community Solutions

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Location: New Jersey

Organization Description

Launched in Spring 2011, Newark Community Solutions (NCS) is a community justice initiative that applies a problem-solving approach to non-violent cases in the Newark Municipal Court.  Its goal is to provide judges with increased sentencing options for non-violent offenses such as drug possession, prostitution and shoplifting.  By combining punishment with help, NCS seeks to reduce the court’s reliance on ineffective fines and expensive short-term jail sentences, and build public confidence that the system is holding offenders accountable and delivering the assistance needed to prevent further criminal conduct.  NCS builds on successful community courts throughout the country, which have reduced local crime, improved compliance with alternative sanctions and strengthened the connections between courts and communities.

Guggenheim Internship Description

Under the supervision of the NCS Court Operations Coordinator, the Guggenheim Courtroom Intern will gather and analyze data, including complaints and criminal histories, to assist in determining whether candidates are eligible for sentencing to NCS.  Additional responsibilities include, collecting information from attorneys, requesting files from court staff, escorting participants from the courtroom to the NCS Intake Office and data entry.  The ideal candidate has interest in criminal justice or forensic psychology with excellent interpersonal and computer skills.

Intern Qualifications

The candidate must have excellent communication and writing skills, proficient in Microsoft Office applications, and strong interpersonal skills. The ideal candidate will have an interest in both social service and criminal justice sectors.

Expected start time: 9:00 am

Expected end time: 5:00 pm

Required dates: None: available between 06/03/2013 through 08/16/2013

Internship length: 8-10 weeks

Center for Court Innovation, Newark Community Solutions Internship Application