Neighborhood Court is a restorative justice program initiated by the Yolo County District Attorney’s office in cooperation with the Davis, UC Davis, and West Sacramento Police Departments. Neighborhood Court seeks to address nonviolent and low level crimes through community-based solutions to swiftly redress the harm caused by these offenses outside of the traditional criminal justice system. The purpose of this program is to address criminal violations that impact the quality of life of our neighborhoods.
Neighborhood Court utilizes restorative justice concepts which identify crime as acts that cause harm done to people and communities. Neighborhood Court emphasizes the offender repairing that harm done to the individual and the community. Another goal of Neighborhood Court is for all parties to understand the root cause of the crime so that the victim, community and offender can move forward in a positive direction. Neighborhood Court strengthens neighborhoods impacted by criminal activity in four ways:
Neighborhood Court is victim centered by placing emphasis on the victim’s needs. It is focused on offenders making things right to the greatest extent possible with their victims. Offenders pay restitution to victims who have suffered monetary losses or property damage.
Neighborhood Court creates an atmosphere of inclusion and responsibility by providing a direct role for residents to oversee the resolution of offenses in their city. When appropriate the offender will complete community service that goes directly to improving conditions in the area impacted by the crime.
Neighborhood Court offers offenders a second chance by avoiding a criminal conviction on their record upon successful completion of the program. Offenders are also restored by helping them understand the consequence of their actions and by giving them the opportunity to pay back the community they harmed through community service.
Neighborhood Court educates offenders by helping them understand why they committed the offense which led to their current situation. Offenders can be educated in alcohol use, anger management, and how to be considerate to their community, as well as other topics designed to change or modify their behavior.
DCTV In The Studio - Neighborhood Court
Understanding how Neighborhood Courts operate and how they differ from traditional courts and Yolo County's experiments with Neighborhood Courts. Lin Weaver hosts Christopher Bulkeley, Yolo County District Attorney, Katie Reilly, Volunteer Panelist, and Manny Madeiros, Volunteer Panelist.
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Download Printable Brochure - City of Davis Version
Download Printable Brochure - UC Davis Version
Download Printable Brochure - City of West Sacramento Version
Download Neighborhood Court Panelist Application
Download Neighborhood Court Facilitator Application
Description of the Facilitator's Duties and Qualifications
Description of Panelist's Duties and Qualifications
Offender Eligibility Determination
NHC Qualifying Offenses
Frequently Asked Questions
Participant Legal Rights
For best results, please open the Neighborhood Court Panelist and Facilitator Applications with an Adobe Reader. You can download a PDF version of the Panelist and Facilitator Applications by right-clicking the above link and selecting "Save Target As..." (Internet Explorer), "Save Link As..." (Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox), or "Download Linked File As..." (Apple Safari). Neighborhood Court Applications are limited in the amount of content they can hold. If there is more information that you would like to include with your application, please provide it in the email as an attachment. All applications and attachments can be emailed to Neighborhood Court at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any problems with the application, please contact Mike Works at (530) 406-4518.
For More Information:
If you would like additional information about Neighborhood Court, please call (530) 681-6323, or email email@example.com.
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