2016 Community Court Grantees

The 2016 Community Court Grant Program is a joint initiative of the Center for Court Innovation and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. The initiative seeks to advance community justice by supporting the creation and enhancement of community-focused courts that seek to reduce crime and the use of jail and restore public confidence in justice. Ten sites have been selected to receive funding, as well as technical assistance from the Center for Court Innovation, to support their efforts to promote alternatives to incarceration.

Map of Grantees

Cleveland Community Court (Ohio)

The Cleveland Municipal Court will implement a community court serving the entire city (pop: 390,000) plus the neighboring Village of Bratenahl. The project will include the use of a risk/needs assessment tool, as well as a process and impact evaluation.

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Eugene Community Court (Ore.)

The City of Eugene will implement a community court to serve the city's downtown core, seeking to resolve misdemeanors and violations through community service and service mandates. The project also includes a process and impact evaluation.

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Honolulu Community Outreach Court (Hawaii)

The City and County of Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, in partnership with the district court and the office of the public defender, will implement a community court serving the entire city and county of Honolulu (pop: 375,000) – a community with the highest per capita rate of homelessness in the United States. The court seeks to resolve quality-of-life offenses with community service and linkages to social services.

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Jersey City Community Solutions (N.J.)

The City of Jersey City will implement a community court calendar for its municipal court, in which 75% of cases heard are for quality-of-life offenses. The project will serve the entire city (pop: 257,000).

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Las Vegas Township Community Court (Nev.)

The Las Vegas Township Justice Court will implement a community court to serve the Las Vegas Strip corridor. The project seeks to reduce crime and the recidivism rate within the 4.2 mile strip corridor. This area is filled with high rates of poverty, homelessness,  medically and mentally fragile people, substance abusers and young people who engage in low-level crimes. The project seeks to redesign the arrest-to-arraignment process and resolve quality-of-life cases by including referrals to community and social services.

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Olympia Community Court (Wash.)

The City of Olympia’s municipal court will implement a community court that hears quality-of-life offenses committed in the downtown core. The court (which “soft-launched” in January 2016) will expand access to on-site services and increase data collection and analysis.

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Philadelphia Accelerated Misdemeanor Program (Pa.)

The Philadelphia Mental Health Care Corporation, in partnership with the municipal court, district attorney’s office, and Defender Association of Philadelphia, will enhance the city’s five neighborhood-based “AMP” courts by improving participant access to mental health services and increasing training in evidence-based practices.

Restorative Justice Community Court (Cook County, Ill.)

The Circuit Court of Cook County will implement a community court serving young adults (ages 18-26) in the North Lawndale neighborhood on Chicago's west side (pop: 40,000). In addition to service linkages, the court will use restorative justice conferences.

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Second Chance Community Improvement Court (Dallas County, Texas)

The Dallas County Public Defender’s Office, in partnership with the district court and the district attorney’s office, will implement a community court serving young adults (ages 17-25) arrested on misdemeanor and some felony charges. The court will be co-located with the South Dallas Community Court and serve the same geographic catchment area.

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Spokane Community Court (Wash.)

The City of Spokane will enhance its community court, which serves the city's downtown corridor by operating out of a public library. The enhancement will focus on implementing a risk/needs assessment tool and expanding its geographic catchment area with the addition of a community court coordinator.

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