Judge Victoria Pratt has gained national and international acclaim for her commitment to reforming the criminal justice system. While presiding over Newark Community Solutions, the Community Court Program, she provided alternatives to jail to low-level offenders. These alternatives included community service, individual and group counselling sessions, and her signature assignment of introspective essays. Her respectful approach has had a positive effect on court participant’s court experience, and how the community viewed the court.
She teaches Problem Solving Courts and Restorative Justice. as been “Don’t give up on defendants. Give the a second, but hold them accountable.”
As a nationally recognized expert in procedural justice and alternative sentencing, she has been asked by numerous professional organizations and jurisdictions to share her story and philosophy. Judge Pratt has also appeared on MSNBC’s the Melissa Harris Perry Show, the Emmy-award winning PBS show Due Process- Community Court: A Kinder, Gentler Way?, and National Public Radio’s WBGO: Conversations with Allan Wolper. Pratt is licensed to practice law in both New Jersey and New York, and is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court.