Source: (2000) Hartford, CT, Community Court. Journal Prosecutor 34(6) pp.31-35.

This report profiles the Hartford, CT, Community Court, which opened in Nov. ’98 and uses RJ approaches for minor crimes. The court focuses on the reasons underlying the offensive behavior rather than on the offense and its possible penalties, and it seeks immediate provision of social services to address underlying issues. The court also provides a means for defendants to pay back the community for their offenses in the form of community service hours and to do that service as soon as possible after the commission of the offense.