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Does San Francisco’s Community Justice Center Reduce Criminal Recidivism?

Does San Francisco’s Community Justice Center Reduce Criminal Recidivism?

Beau Kilmer
Jesse Sussell
Copyright Date: 2014
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 24
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7249/j.ctt14bs426
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    Does San Francisco’s Community Justice Center Reduce Criminal Recidivism?
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    Community courts aim to improve outcomes by addressing factors linked to criminal behavior with access to treatment and services, and by emphasizing ties to a specific neighborhood. In 2009, San Francisco opened the Community Justice Center (CJC), a community court serving a traditionally high-crime area. This report examines whether the CJC reduces the risk of rearrest when compared to more traditional approaches for addressing arrestees.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8959-5
    Subjects: Law, Sociology
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  1. Does San Francisco’s Community Justice Center Reduce Criminal Recidivism? (pp. 1-24)
    Beau Kilmer and Jesse Sussell

    The community court model is a novel approach for processing criminal offenders. The goals of community courts are largely similar to those of traditional criminal courts (reducing crime, ensuring safety, and protecting due process rights), but the community court approach differs in two important ways. First, community courts are expressly oriented toward improving outcomes for offenders by addressing factors—like substance use disorders, mental health issues, and unemployment—that are often linked to criminal behavior; this is done by incorporating access to treatment and services within the criminal case management process itself. Second, community courts emphasize ties to a specific...