Neighborhood Court: A Restorative Justice Program

Neighborhood Court Logo 2015



DA’s Office Releases Four-Year Report on Neighborhood Court Program

To read the entire report click on the following link:  NHC Four Year Report


YCDA is seeking community volunteers:

Click here to see our volunteer opportunities

The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office is seeking community volunteers for the Neighborhood Court diversion program. Neighborhood Court seeks to address low level crimes, outside of the traditional criminal justice system, using community-based solutions to swiftly address the harm caused by these offenses. Neighborhood Court utilizes restorative justice concepts which identify crime as acts that cause harm to people and communities.

A Neighborhood Court Conference in action.

Our volunteer Panelists represent the community's needs, interests, and perspectives with respect to the crime committed. Volunteers meet directly with the offender in a face-to-face facilitated conference. During the conference, volunteers 1) name the harms the community experiences as a result of the crime, 2) ask questions of the offender to understand the circumstances around the crime, and 3) decide together with the offender the steps that are necessary to make things right (as much as possible). This face-to-face dialogue is designed to encourage accountability on the part of the offender and remedy the situation as fully as possible.

To Volunteer:

Volunteers must submit an application in order to attend one of the training sessions. To apply please go to My Volunteer Portal to register and submit an application to sign up for training dates. We look forwarded to you joining the Neighborhood Court Team!

Upcoming Events: 

Neighborhood Court Panelist Training - The Panelist Training covers the basic principles of Restorative Justice, the 3-step Neighborhood Court conference model, and communication skills applicable to the Panelist role.

• Saturday, March 10th, 2018 ~ 8:45am – 5pm, at the WS Community Center – 1075 W Capitol Ave, West Sacramento.

• Saturday, April 7th, 2018 ~ 8:45am – 5pm, at Woodland HHSA – 25 N Cottonwood Street, Woodland.

Neighborhood Court Mock Conference Training - The Mock Conference training allows participants to act out a conference from start to finish and practice applying the techniques and skills they learned in training.

• Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 ~ 6-8:30pm, at the WS Community Center – 1075 W Capitol Ave, West Sacramento.

• Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 ~ 6-8:30pm, at Woodland HHSA – 25 N Cottonwood Street, Woodland.

Phone: 530-666-8378
Cost/Free: Events are provided free of charge to volunteers
Registration Deadline: Continuous

The Four Pillars of Neighborhood Court:

NHC Volunteers

Supervising Deputy District Attorney Chris Bulkeley presenting at a Mid-Year Update Meeting.

Neighborhood Court was initiated by the Yolo County District Attorney’s office in cooperation with the Davis, UC Davis, and West Sacramento Police Departments. The purpose of this program is to address criminal violations that impact the quality of life of our neighborhoods. Neighborhood Court strengthens neighborhoods impacted by criminal activity in four ways:

Restore Victim
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.

Restore Community
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.

Restore Offender
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.

Educate Offender
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.

Neighborhood Court's conferencing process focuses on the harms of each individual offense; these can be self-inflicted harms to the individual offender, harms inflicted upon a direct victim, or negative impacts to the larger community. Especially in cases dealing with alcohol consumption, the potential for self-harm is stark. This research paper, written as part of a Neighborhood Court Agreement, illustrates the program's emphasis on education as a means of helping offenders attain insight to better understand their issues and to prevent repeat offenses.

NHC Banner Patch (PNG)

All downloads are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Please click here to get the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Download Printable Brochure
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
Frequently Asked Questions
Menu of Options (All-County)
NHC Qualifying Offenses
Offender Eligibility Determination
Participant Legal Rights
Contact Neighborhood Court
Neighborhood Court Research Paper
Restorative Justice Defined
2014 Neighborhood Court Year End Report

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  

For More Information:

If you would like additional information about Neighborhood Court, please call (530) 666-8180, or email

Citizen’s Academy


The Yolo County District Attorney Citizens Academy is sponsored by the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office in cooperation with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, the California Highway Patrol, the Davis Police Department, the UC Davis Police Department, the West Sacramento Police Department, the Winters Police Department, the Woodland Police Department, and the Yolo County Probation Department.

The Citizen’s Academy is an eight-week course designed to involve diverse communities in participating in mutual learning about the criminal justice system. The goal is to educate the public and improve relationships and communication between the many different communities in Yolo County and the criminal justice system.

The eight-week academy meets once a week, usually on Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:30 p.m., beginning in late April and running through mid June.   For more information, or to enroll, please contact Wendy Wilcox at (530) 666-8356, Class space is limited. Applicants must be 18 years of age and be a resident of Yolo County.  The application deadline is during the first week of April annually.

Lauren Keene from the Davis Enterprise wrote an article about our Week 4 class, "High Profile Cases - People v. Daniel Marsh", that took place on June 4th, 2015. Here is a link to her article titled: Marsh Case Illustrates Challenges of Solving, Trying Crimes.

DCTV In The Studio - The Citizen's Academy

Yolo County District Attorney’s
Citizens Academy

Summary of Classes
in partnership with

Yolo County Sheriff’s Office
California Highway Patrol
Davis Police Department
UC Davis Police Department
Woodland Police Department
West Sacramento Police Department
Winters Police Department
Yolo County Probation Department


The Citizens Academy is held annually from
Late April - Mid June
Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.



Schedule varies and is subject to change

Week One:

Welcome: Introduction to the Citizens Academy. “It Takes a Community….” What can a concerned citizen do to make our community a better place to live?

Summary: Welcome to Citizens Academy with an overview of the next eight weeks and the participating agencies.

Introduction and Overview of the Academy, Mission & Welcoming Remarks
District Attorney Jeff Reisig

Welcoming Remarks
Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto
Yolo County Probation Department Chief Brent Cardall
California Highway Patrol Captain Chuck King
Davis Police Department Chief Darren Pytel
UC Davis Police Department Chief Joseph Farrow
Winters Police Department Chief John Miller
West Sacramento Police Chief Thomas McDonald
Woodland Police Department Chief Luis Soler

Overview of Public Safety Agencies Representatives from the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office and Law Enforcement Agencies

Week Two:

Tour of the County Jail and Coroner's Office

Summary:  The Yolo County Sheriff's Office provides a broad spectrum of services including patrol to the unincorporated areas of the County, Investigations, Court Services, Animal SErvices, and Jail services.  Sheriff Ed Prieto is also the Coroner of the County.  The primary duty of the Coroner is to determiner the cause and manner of death.

Sheriff Ed Prieto and Sheriff's Office / Morgue staff

Tour:  During this session participants will tour the jail and the morgue. 

Week Three:

The Role of the District Attorney and Challenges: “Law & Order.”

Summary: While prime time television shows such as “Law & Order” capture ratings and audiences, they fail to show the day-to-day work of the District Attorney. We will provide an overview of the District Attorney’s Office and its Mission: Justice Finds No Solace in Delay. Learn how a case makes its way through the criminal justice system using the case People v. Robert Hodges, a high profile triple homicide case as an example. 

Overview of the DA’s Office
Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven

Anatomy of a Case
Asst. Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Mount

Emerging Topics and/or Criminal Case of Interest
Subject and speaker to be determined. 

Week Four:

The Role of Other Partners in the Criminal Justice System

Summary: Other players in the criminal justice system have an important role such as the judiciary and defense attorneys and Grand Jury.  

The Judiciary
Presiding Judge David Rosenberg

The Role of the Defense Attorney
Defense Attorney Steve Sabbadini

Special presentation: Real DUI trial will be observed at this session.  

Week Five:

** Bonus session: WSPD Sgt. Roger Kinney will discuss the invaluable use of K-9 (dogs) to assist the police in protecting the public.  After Sgt. Kinney’s presentation, which will begin promptly at 5pm, there will be a live demonstration with K-9s from WSPD and other Yolo County law enforcement agencies.

Victim Services

Summary: What are the rights of victims? Learn about Marsy’s Law. We will talk about these issues and the services we offer victims. You will also hear from victims and survivors.

District Attorney Victim Services Program Manager Laura Valdes
Guest Victims/Survivors

Week Six:

Innovation  -  Restorative Justice - Collaborative Courts 

Summary: Learn about how partners in the Yolo County justice system have developed innovative and progressive courts to focus efforts on treating and helping defendants who commit crimes due to mental illness or addiction issues.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven
Supervising Deputy District Attorney Chris Bulkeley

Week Seven:

Community Focus and Gangs

Summary: Learn what constitutes a gang? Who are the members? What does it mean to be a “gang” member? What can communities do to help prevent this problem and combat it?

Yolo County District Attorney’s Office
Supervising Deputy District Attorney Ryan Couzens
District Attorney Investigator Aaron Moe

Week Eight:

Innovative Programs such as: Data Driven Intervention - Community Policing - Community Involvement.  Building Bridges and Partnerships: Community Policing, and Community Participation – “From Rhetoric to Reality – Where Do We Go from Here?”


Summary: Learn how Yolo County law enforcement is addressing the homeless issue in our community.  Reflections on the first seven weeks and a look forward to continue the dialogue. Closing remarks on community involvement and participation to achieve long-term public safety solutions and strategies. Graduation reception and ceremony.

Deputy District Attorney Diane Ortiz
Woodland Police Lieutenant Heath Parsons


Schedule varies and is subject to change

Applicants must be 18 years of age and reside in Yolo County.
For more information, please contact:
Wendy Wilcox
Yolo County District Attorney’s Office
301 Second Street
Woodland, CA 95695
(530) 666-8356

Citizens Academy Application Packet in Adobe Acrobat PDF Requires Adobe Reader

2017 Citizens Academy Graduates

2016 Citizens Academy Graduates

2015 Citizens Academy Graduates

Citizens Academy 2015

2014 Citizens Academy Graduates

2014 Citizens Academy Graduates

2013 Citizens Academy Graduates

2013 Citizen Academy Graduates

2012 Citizens Academy Graduates

2012 Citizen Academy Graduates

Multi-Cultural Community Council


The Multi-Cultural Community Council (MCCC) was created by Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig and former MCCC chairperson Dr. Jesse Ortiz, a professor at Woodland Community College. The council is composed of a diverse group of individuals throughout Yolo County. The group also acts as an advisory committee to the DA. The mission of the MCCC is to seek fair and equal justice, facilitate understanding, ensure open communication, and promote community participation, education and diversity within the criminal justice system. 

1st Annual Multi-Cultural Justice Leadership Awards Luncheon

District Attorney Jeff Reisig & MCCC Chairperson Dr. Jesse Ortiz presenting the Public Schools Award to Kerry Callahan with presenter Gary Sandy.

District Attorney Jeff Reisig & former MCCC Chairperson Dr. Jesse Ortiz presenting the Public Schools Award to Kerry Callahan with presenter Gary Sandy.

MCCC Award Winners

2014 Award Winners (From Left to Right) Alexandra Lee-Jobe, Pastor Bill Habicht with his Daughter, Clarence Van Hook, Paul Muller, Kerry Callahan, Irene Santiago, Melissa Vega, & Lieutenant Tom Waltz.


Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig receives leadership award from retired UCDPD Police Chief Emeritus Calvin Handy. The Calvin E. Handy Leadership Award is a crime prevention and public safety award that recognizes individuals based on community oriented engagement and activities that are collaborative, cooperative, and proactive. This award highlights the importance of maintaining an environment where safety is essential to the successful mission of UC Davis and its surrounding communities.

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig receives leadership award from retired UCDPD Police Chief Emeritus Calvin Handy. The Calvin E. Handy Leadership Award is a crime prevention and public safety award that recognizes individuals based on community oriented engagement and activities that are collaborative, cooperative, and proactive. This award highlights the importance of maintaining an environment where safety is essential to the successful mission of UC Davis and its surrounding communities.