Does San Francisco's Community Justice Center Reduce Criminal Recidivism?

Does San Francisco's Community Justice Center Reduce Criminal Recidivism?

Source: 

RAND Corporation

Author(s): 

Beau Kilmer, Jesse Sussell

In 2009, San Francisco opened a community court, the Community Justice Center (CJC), to serve the Tenderloin and adjacent neighborhoods, a traditionally high-crime area. Community courts are expressly oriented toward improving outcomes for offenders by addressing factors often linked to criminal behavior (by incorporating access to treatment and services within the criminal case management process); they also emphasize ties to a specific neighborhood. This report examines whether the CJC reduces the risk of rearrest when compared to more traditional approaches for addressing arrestees.

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