Newark Chief Municipal Judge Victoria F. Pratt: Reforming The Criminal Justice System

Jun 22, 2017

Victoria F. Pratt is the first judge of Dominican ancestry to become a municipal judge in Newark
Credit Judge Pratt for WBGO

Victoria F. Pratt, the first judge of Dominican ancestry to become a municipal judge in Newark, New Jersey, has won an international following for her campaign to reform the city’s criminal justice system.

The chief municipal judge presides over a cutting edge program called Community Solutions that offers defendants in minor criminal cases a chance to avoid jail time by obeying specific rules of behavior.

A top New York City judicial official has called her a warrior to improve criminal justice. Why did she want to go to law school?

“I wanted to change the world,” she said in a March, 2015 interview on Conversations with Allan Wolper.