Community Court Program building safer neighborhoods
The Community Court Program is an alternative problem-solving court that can help low-level offenders avoid the traditional court system if they adhere to a plan, access community services, and create positive changes in their lives and their community.
“It warms my heart to have people succeed and to see the change in them,” King County District Court Judge Lisa Paglisotti said in a recent video about the program. “This is the one program that, I think, we’re giving people tools teaching them to be self-sufficient, giving them hope, restoring their dignity, energizing them to move forward in positive ways.”
The Community Court addresses crimes such as theft, shoplifting, and other low-level offenses. The goal is to divert people from the traditional justice system and offer resources that can help them address the underlying issues that led to their offences, and ultimately lead to stronger, safer neighborhoods.
The Community Courts are located in Redmond and Burien, and include Resource Centers that offer services to participants, such as job training, education, housing, healthcare, and much more. The Community Court Resource Centers are open to everyone, not just those enrolled in the program.