Roughly 206 drug courts serve residents in 53 of California’s 58 counties. By helping people with substance abuse issues repair their lives, drug courts divert those who could otherwise cycle repeatedly through the criminal justice system.
With California’s growing focus on criminal justice reform comes expanding use of reentry courts as an alternative to cycles of re-incarceration. Reentry courts, a type of collaborative justice court for individuals released from jail or prison, offer...
The Judicial Council of California has been awarded $488,000 by the U.S. Department of Justice to study and identify issues related to defendants’ inability to pay fines and fees. The grant would include the development of an ability-to-pay...
In a recent policy paper the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) recommend policies and practices that courts can adopt to reduce the negative impact that fines and fees have on those unable to pay.
California’s 75 teen courts let youth face a jury of their peers—and steer cases away from the juvenile justice system.
For veterans who've been charged with minor crimes, veteran courts offer restorative justice as opposed to incarceration.
Did you know that California was one of the first states to establish a collaborative court in the U.S.?
A Q&A with Steve Binder, a 2018 Distinguished Service Award recipient from San Diego whose innovative court model started a nationwide movement.