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Reno Municipal Court Selected to Implement a Community Court

Post Date:10/04/2018 3:31 PM

The Reno Municipal Court was one of five applicants nationwide announced today by the Center for Court Innovation, as a 2018 Community Court Program winner.

As a selected site, the Reno Municipal Court will receive $200,000.00 and technical assistance from the Center for Court Innovation to implement a community court that will serve the Downtown Reno area. Community courts respond to lower level crimes by ordering individuals to pay back the communities they’ve harmed through visible community service projects, while simultaneously addressing the underlying issues fueling criminal behavior, such as drug and alcohol treatment, mental health services, and job training. Nationally, research has shown that the community court model can reduce crime and substance use, increase services to victims, reduce unnecessary use of jail, save money, and improve public confidence in justice.

Reno Municipal Court Judge Tammy M. Riggs will be the presiding judge for the Community Court. 

The Reno Municipal Court Chief Judge, Hon. Gene Drakulich; Reno City Attorney, Karl Hall; Chief Legal Defender, Roberto Puentes, and Reno Police Chief Jason Soto all expressed their support for the project. Judge Drakulich said, “We expect the Community Court will save tens of thousands of local tax dollars by reducing expenses related to issuing and executing arrest warrants; reducing police time; and minimizing the use of the jail for incarceration.” He added, “We also believe that this project will restore the community’s sense of justice, providing an opportunity for some able-bodied nuisance offenders to perform dignified community service as restitution.”

For more information on the Reno Community Court program, contact Veronica Lopez at 775-326-6682 or lopezv@reno.gov. For more information about the community court model, visit courtinnovation.org or email info@courtinnovation.org.