Fourteen Newly Minted ROR Interviewers Now on the Job

Posted Jul 8, 2015

On June 19 the latest group of ROR Interviewer trainees -- one of the largest classes ever -- graduated from CJA’s 10-day orientation and training course.  Throughout their training, the new Interviewers were instructed on conducting the CJA interview, verifying defendants...  read more

Jerry McElroy Speaks at Symposium on Mental Health and the Courts

Posted Jun 29, 2015

CJA Executive Director Jerome McElroy was invited to participate in a Practising Law Institute symposium on mental health issues and risk assessment in New York courts on Friday, June 26.  Jerry presented CJA’s Failure to Appear (FTA) risk assessment tool, discussed CJA’s Supervised...  read more

McElroy Calls for Elimination of Bail at City Council Hearing

Posted Jun 17, 2015

CJA Executive Director Jerry McElroy presented testimony this morning at City Hall during a hearing on The New York Bail System And The Need For Reform, sponsored jointly by the City Council’s Committee on Courts and Legal Services and the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services. ...  read more

Client Selection for CJA’s Supervised Release Programs

Posted May 26, 2015

This report compares the implementation of CJA’s model for case and defendant selection for its Supervised Release programs in Queens and Manhattan...  read more

Latest Research Brief Focuses On Homeless Arrestees

Posted May 18, 2015

Research Brief #37 compares the characteristics and case outcomes of street homeless, shelter homeless, and non-homeless arrestees.  Shelter homeless arrestees had stronger community ties than the street homeless, and were more likely to be released pending case disposition.  About two...  read more

In Memoriam: Willie Torres, Release-on-Recognizance Interviewer

Posted May 15, 2015

The Agency is saddened at the recent passing of one of its very dedicated employees, Willie Torres.Willie began working for the CJA in May of 2006 in the Queens office, and transferred to Brooklyn in 2014.  He also worked at the CJA Staten Island Operation where he was called upon to fill...  read more

Richard Peterson’s Article in Domestic Violence Report

Posted Apr 30, 2015

Richard Peterson, CJA’s Research Director, published an article on “Criminal Case Processing in Brooklyn’s Integrated Domestic Violence Court” in the Winter 2015 issue of Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly.  Brooklyn’s Integrated Domestic Violence (...  read more

Research Brief #36 Examines CJA’s Queens Supervised Release (QSR) Program

Posted Jan 20, 2015

CJA’s QSR program offers judges an alternative to money bail and pretrial detention in some non-violent felony cases in which defendants can meet a number of criteria.  This brief summarizes a study of the program’s impact on court processing and outcomes in comparison to pre-...  read more