Facts and Statistics
From March of 2005 until September 2013 over 7,698 defendants completed 62,199 community service hours helping over 25 community organizations restore neighborhoods and serve others in need.
Participants are identified at point of entry and are given the option to participate in Seattle Community Court if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Community Court Phases
|Phase||PILOT PHASE||STABILIZATION PHASE||EXPANSION PHASE PART1 (BJA Grant Expansion)||EXPANSION PHASE PART 2(Dispositional Continuances)|
|Time Period||March 2005-December 2005||January, 2006-December, 2006||January, 2007-December, 2008||January, 2009-present|
|Geographic Scope||Downtown Commercial Core||Downtown Commercial Core||Entire City||Entire City|
|Disposition Types||Guilty Plea & Conviction||Guilty Plea & Conviction||Guilty Plea & Conviction Pretrial Diversion||Guilty Plea & Conviction Pretrial Diversion Dispositional Continuances|
|Annual Number of Defendants||2005
|Community Service Partners||Two||Two||Sixteen||Twenty Three+|
|Community Service Supervision||Provided by Site||Provided by Site||AmeriCorps Team & Provided by Site||AmeriCorps Team & Provided by Site|
Community Court Plea Defendants
Those with past criminal histories who opt into the program appear before the Community Court judge. Assessed for social service needs, they are required to make social services linkages in addition to completing community service hours. Defendants are able to enter the program up to three times with their required hours increased each time according to the sentencing framework.
Community Court, "I feel [this] was above and beyond any experience I've ever had." - Community Court Participant