Neighborhood Court Seeks Volunteers

NeighborCourtThe Yolo County District Attorney’s Office is seeking community volunteers for the Neighborhood Court diversion program. Neighborhood Court seeks to address low level crimes through community-based solutions to swiftly redress the harm caused by these offenses outside of the traditional criminal justice system. Neighborhood Court utilizes restorative justice concepts which identify crime as acts that cause harm done to people and communities.

Our volunteers represent the community’s needs, interests, and perspectives with respect to the crime committed. Volunteers meet directly with the offender in a face-to-face facilitated conference. During the conference, volunteers 1) name the harms the community experiences as a result of the crime, 2) ask questions of the offender to understand the circumstances around the crime, and 3) decide together with the offender the steps that are necessary to make the harm right (as much as possible). This face-to-face dialogue is designed to encourage accountability on the part of the offender and to arrive at the steps necessary to remedy the situation as fully as possible.

Information Session:
Thursday, February 5th, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
West Sacramento Police Department in the Community Room
550 Jefferson Blvd, West Sacramento, California 95605

Information Session:
Tuesday, February 17th 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
City Hall Room 157
1110 West Capitol Ave.

For more information on this program please go to www.yoloda.org/nc. You can also email neighborhoodcourt@yolocounty.org or call (530) 681-6323.

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