BJA in collaboration with the Center for Court Innovation administers the National Community Courts Program under BJA's larger Problem-Solving Justice Initiative.
Community courts are neighborhood-focused court programs that combine the power of the community and the justice system to address local problems. They connect persons committing less serious crimes—often misdemeanor cases—to judicially supervised drug treatment, alternative sanctions, and other community-based services.
The goal of the National Community Courts Program is to help judges, prosecutors and defense counsel, law enforcement, and other innovators around the country reduce drug use, crime, and unnecessary incarceration through:
BJA's Problem-Solving Justice Initiative accepting applications for assistance
BJA's Problem-Solving Justice Initiative offers no-cost assistance to courts interested in launching a community court. The Center for Court Innovation, as the initiative's national training and technical assistance provider, will be offering hands-on planning and implementation support to up to five jurisdictions in 2019, and an additional five sites in 2020. Apply here.