In the emerging literature on problem solving courts, from drug courts, domestic violence courts and community courts, we are beginning not to see just that they work but why they work and fairness seems to be the key. Not programming, not deterrence nor severity, but with offenders, victims and communities feeling like they are being treated fairly"
It appears, then, that there is a golden thread in these swift and certain innovations. That the process by which we treat people is more important than whether they win or lose- maybe people know that sometimes they will lose in the justice system, but they are more likely to accept it if the process is fair"
the most heartening finding of our research has been the clear proof that despite all the sectoral difficulties and quirks, criminal justice practitioners still have the drive and sense of social mission to get on with it. And when they clearly see that some established practice is not the best, they go against bureaucracies and conventional wisdom and try something new, even if the odds are stacked against them"
It’s important to remember that systems and ideas are only part of the social innovation story. Our research in the form of StreetCraft has helped demonstrate that the most important component in all of this is people – brave creative individuals with a strong sense of social mission"
We were struck by the wealth of practitioner-led criminal justice innovation out there - and the entrepreneurial spirit of these innovators. Regardless of the latest government paper, and driven by their sense of social mission, these women and men have worked hard, at times against the odds and without much organisational support, to do something differently"