Through our Human Justice training design, we inform policy and program development such that they create pathways for culture change, community investment and human/youth development. In a highly consultative and co-creative process, we work intentionally and strategically with system stakeholders, community members and youth leaders—in separate spaces initially—to apply and practice Human Justice principles in their existing work and context.

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Human Justice Policy and Training Institute is based upon collaborative creation and innovation. Please complete our Human Justice Training Inquiry Form to start the collaboration.

Contact Kyung-Ji Kate Rhee, deputy director, at for more about our Human Justice training and policy development process and design.

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Human Justice Training and Policy Development for Community Leadership and Investment

As the community engine and oversight corp of the police diversion pilot, Bed-Stuy Human Justice Initiative (BSHJI), the Human Justice Community Council (HJCC) is an intergenerational body of Bed-Stuy leaders and community members charged to uphold the community blueprint for decarceration and safeguard a symbiotic relationship with the 79th precinct. The Human Justice Community/Youth Council (HJCC and HJYC) secures and stewards community investment for ongoing communication, engagement and accountability. HJCC design includes: 1) 36 annual hours of Human Justice training; 2) operational oversight/engagement in diversion (via ongoing working group meetings with precinct officers engaged in diversion efforts); 3) the organizing of two community consultation/feedback hubs with their personal networks; 4) and/or a mentorship commitment of 3 years for the Village participants. HJCC development and recruitment are in-progress and scheduled to launch in late fall 2017. Click here to learn more about BSHJI.  

Human Justice Training for System Stakeholders

Drawing on our CSI methodology that calls for integrative transformation on three levels—Community, System and Individual—our Human Justice training design works with system stakeholders to describe the workings of the ‘I’ (of Individual) and ‘C’ (of Community/Culture) within the system in which they work. 

Simply put, system change—a combination of policy, legislative and, most importantly, culture change—cannot occur if the community of individuals who are actors in everyday decision-making, do not possess the space and tools to reflect on the conditions and workings of their own beliefs, values and decisions. Here are some examples of our Human Justice Training work with system stakeholders.

1.) NYC Department of Probation (NYC DOP) 

NYC DOP was touted as the first in the nation to spearhead a local, bottom-up Justice Reinvestment project in a major US city though its signature initiative, Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON).

In 2013, CNUS provided 6-month technical assistance and staff training for DOP to implement NeON that was “less about 'fixing' individuals than transforming the way DOP operates.” (Neighborhood Opportunity Network Transforming Probation, by Susan Tucker) 

2.) Alameda Probation Department of Oakland, California (APD)


APD was advised by NYC Department of Probation to work with CNUS on the development of PROMISE, APD’s analogous model for community engagement and youth development.  

In early 2016, CNUS engaged APD in a creative strategic planning process for implementing the highly anticipated PROMISE. The turnover of leadership from Chief Harris to Chief Still resulted in the suspension of our work. We look forward to resuming the partnership. 

Notable quotes from participant evaluations:
•    “This is meaningful, hard work.”
•    “Enjoyed the candor and would appreciate more.”
•    “I have never felt so dignified in a training before.”

3.) New York Police Department (NYPD)


CNUS and the faith leadership of the NYC Clergy Roundtable have engaged the NYPD to implement and expand People’s Police Academy (PPA) – the first-ever program in the history of NYPD in which incoming and seasoned officers are trained by civilian experts over 3 days on topics of cultural literacy, history of their assigned borough, history of crime and public safety, and history of gangs in NY. Click here to read more on the People’s Police Academy. 

Additionally, CNUS’ work with NYPD on developing a pre-booking diversion program, Bed-Stuy Human Justice Initiative, is unprecedented in process and design. To learn more about this Human Justice Policy and Training in the making, click here. 

4.) Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ)

In 2015, CNUS was contracted by the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) to provide professional development training to 18 Crisis Management System/Cure Violence (CV) sites in New York City. CNUS was selected to conduct the professional development training because of its combined expertise on direct prison/street experience and policy development, as well as its targeted training and technical assistance to community and system stakeholders. 

To ensure that any professional development training designed by CNUS adhere to its approach and philosophy, the organization proposed that an assessment of the CV program be conducted. The assessment was designed to gain a comprehensive understanding of the current program philosophy and practice—as understood and implemented by all levels of staff; existing program content, culture and capacity; internal and external communications infrastructure; mapping of current staff and community partners; and the community partners’ perception, capacity, function and their concrete role and involvement in optimizing the success of the CV model.

The Promise of Cure Violence report culminates a six-month assessment that included site visit interviews, presentations, group discussions, meetings, lengthy observations, material reviews and attendance at community events and shooting responses. More than anything, however, this report is a witness to the “Promise of Cure Violence” that the Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions had the privilege of experiencing with the CMS in 18 neighborhoods with the highest rates of gun violence.