Mentor Community Courts
To encourage the replication of the community court model and the application of community court principles to wider populations, the Center for Court Innovation and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance will select up to five U.S. community court mentor sites to serve as national resources for the field. These sites will provide examples of best practices, host site visits, participate in conferences and workshops, and provide advice to practitioners around the country seeking either to launch their own community court projects or to replicate community court practices, such as using assessment tools, adapting procedural justice principles, and expanding sentencing options. This initiative succeeds the previous Community Court Mentor Site program launched in 2009. We invite all U.S. operational community courts to apply, including those serving as mentors under the 2009 initiative.
Community courts interested in applying must review Community Court Mentor Sites: 2014 Request for Proposals and complete the application form. Applications will first be reviewed and scored by peer reviewers. The Center for Court Innovation will then conduct an in-depth review of the highest ranked projects and select up to five community court mentor sites in consultation with the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Applicants will be evaluated based on the following seven criteria:
- Length of operations (must be operational for at least two years)
- Application of the six community court principles
- Data collection and performance measurement system
- Program effectiveness and use of research-driven practices
- Documented operations and protocols
- Sustainability plan
- Suitability as a training site
Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Please email completed applications to Danielle Malangone at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hard copies of proposals may also be mailed to Center for Court Innovation, ATTN: Danielle Malangone, 520 Eighth Ave., 18th Floor, New York, NY 10018.
Previous Community Court Mentor Sites
The Center for Court Innovation would like to thank the Hartford Community Court, South Dallas Community Court, and Seattle Community Court for serving as regional mentors since 2009.
Hartford Community Court
80 Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06106
South Dallas Community Court
2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75215
Seattle Community Court
600 5th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104