By Dipal Shah
One of my most memorable moments as director of Midtown Community Court came during my first week on the job when I was asked to lunch by a long-time staff member just days into the role. Food options, by the way, abound when you’re stationed in Hell’s Kitchen. And although I’m a deep dish favoring Chicago native, we opted for a pizza place just a few blocks from the court.
|Midtown Community Court Director, Dipal Shah, before the New York City Council.|
With a year behind me, Midtown Community Court undoubtedly has, as it always has, responded to these obstacles and embraced the simple vision I articulated over lunch last year. We endeavor to upend the status quo and change opinions of justice, with Midtown Community Court often the first positive and enriching justice interaction for those involved in the system. More importantly, using a model that is meant to halt the vicious cycle of recidivism and mass incarceration, we hope to provide services to defendants that will allow them to change the course of their lives. And, by meeting these goals, we strive to keep surrounding communities safe. At first blush, daunting, but the staff – intuition aside, infinitely talented – manage it all with aplomb.
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