Aberdeen, WA – Aberdeen Municipal Court Administrator Tammy Sund announced to KXRO that this month, the Aberdeen Community Court celebrated a milestone.
According to a release, the court was implemented to reduce crime, recidivism and jail costs and has been in operation for 2.5 years.
Sund says that based on the number of charges before and after entering Community Court, the program currently reduces recidivism by 81%t and significantly reduces victimization costs and jail costs.
She adds that the diversion of these cases to Community Court has saved the City $76,250 in public defender costs, over $175,000 in jail costs and public defender costs, and a total community value estimate of $315,406.92.
All participants are required to perform community service or pay the monetary equivalent and have reportedly performed a total of over 900 community service hours.
Aberdeen Community Court is supported by a variety of local social service agencies which gather weekly at the Services Entry Event to offer participants, and any community member who attends, a wide array of services to address hunger, homelessness, unemployment, mental illness, substance use, and other needs.
The Services Entry Event is held on Thursdays from 1:30-3:00 at the CCAP building.
Community Court is held on Mondays at 2:30 at the Aberdeen Courthouse.