HOW IT WORKS
Newark Community Solutions offers the judges of the Newark Municipal Court a broad range of sentencing options-community service, short-term group counseling and treatment readiness classes, educational assessments, and monitored placement in community-based treatment.
Before arraignment, Newark Community Solutions staff, in consultation with the prosecution and defense, identify appropriate sanction options for each defendant. A typical Newark Community Solutions sentence might be two days of community service combined with a three-day counseling program targeting problems such as prostitution or drug abuse. For defendants facing longer sentences, a social worker or case manager administers a psycho-social assessment and works with the court to determine meaningful alternatives to jail, including closely-supervised drug treatment.