What is a Desk Appearance Ticket (DAT)? Why do people get them? And how are they improving or deterring the New York court process? For many people who receive DATs, It’s their first time interacting with the criminal justice system. It’s their first time interacting with the criminal justice system. DATs were created to quicken the courtroom process but could they be creating a gateway for first-time offenders to gain a criminal record?

The Bronz Defenders and Youth Represents, organization’s with expertise in the criminal justice field, partnered with CUP and WeShouldDesignItAll to create an easy to read booklet that advises individuals who receive a DAT on the proper steps they need to take in order to take the first steps to understand its implications.

Resources & Links

The Bronx Defenders provides innovative, holistic, and client-centered criminal defense, family defense, civil legal, and social support services to indigent people in the Bronx.

Youth Represent’s mission is to ensure that young people affected by the criminal justice system are afforded every opportunity to reclaim lives of dignity, self-fulfillment, and engagement in their communities.

Public Access Design is a program of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). Public Access Design projects use design to make complex urban issues accessible to the New Yorkers most affected by them.

Funding Support

Support for this project was provided in part by an award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and New York State Council on the Arts. More Art For More People.

Special Thanks

Christine Gaspar,
Ingrid Haftel,
Robyn Mar,
Craig Levine,
Runa Rajagopal,
Scott Levy,
Kate Rubin,
Laurie Parise,
Charles Nuñez,
Michael Pope,
Nick Johnson


  • CUP
    Project Lead
  • Oscar Nuñez
  • Project Support
  • The Bronx Defenders:
    Matt Diaz,
    Tom Peterson