The Harlem Community Justice Center
Authored By: Harlem Community Center
The Harlem Community Justice Center seeks to solve neighborhood problems including youth crime, landlord-tenant disputes, and the challenges faced by parolees in East and Central Harlem. As a multi-jurisdictional civil and family court, Harlem is unique among community courts. Among the many non-traditional services the Justice Center has assembled under one roof are: programs to help local landlords and tenants resolve conflicts and access financial support; programs for at-risk youth, including a youth court; and reentry programs for both juvenile and adult ex-offenders returning to the community. Ultimately, the project's long-term goal is to test the extent to which a court can work together with a community to spur neighborhood renewal.