I like to go down and just talk with people and hear their stories and see the graduations and hear participants talk about how their life has moved a step forward.
A challenge for problem-solving courts can be reaching the people, like the homeless or the mentally ill, whose problems the court is trying to help solve. A model that is getting a lot of attention on the West Coast right now is situating community courts, and the social services they offer, in friendly downtown settings where people already tend to gather. Since 2016, with help from a grant program we operate with the Department of Justice, the community court in Eugene, Oregon, has met every week in the downtown library. On our New Thinking podcast, Matthew Watkins speaks with Cheryl Stone, the court administrator who helped bring the new model to Eugene.