Community Court in Hartford selected as "mentor
For the second time, the
Community Court in Hartford has been selected as one of only a handful
of sites nationwide to serve as a “mentor court” for jurisdictions
considering similar models.
for Court Innovation, in partnership with the U.S. Department of
Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, chose four community court
locations: Hartford, Dallas, Orange County, Calif., and San Francisco.
Federal officials first designated Hartford’s Community Court as a mentor
site in 2009. Most recently, it was chosen again through a competitive
application process. Court officials at the mentor sites have several
responsibilities, including hosting site visits, answering questions over
the phone or Internet; and participating in conferences and workshops.
According to the Center for Court Innovation, "The Hartford Community Court
is the first program designed to apply community court principles to an
entire city. To maintain strong community connections, the Hartford Court
seeks to assign offenders to perform community service in the neighborhood
where they committed their offense. The court encourages residents and local
groups to recommend service sites, maintains a community service hot line,
and reports back to the community via a quarterly newsletter. The Hartford
Community Court now serves five surrounding towns outside of the City of
Hartford, thus making it the only community court in the nation that serves
both urban and suburban communities. The Hartford Community Court also
served as a mentor court under the previous initiative launched in 2009."