King County community courts
“My experience here has saved my life. Not only am I off the drugs and staying clean by taking the healthy steps to live life clean, I also have been able to get myself back in a healthy structured living situation. Community court is the most awesome program. I am so blessed to have the honor to be a part of this program.” – Review from an anonymous Community Court in Redmond participant
A community resource center is an integral component of community court. The resource center at each community court includes on-site community partners that provide a wide array of services, such as healthcare/insurance, education, job training, behavioral health, substance use disorder help and more. By coming together in one place, many different community service agencies are better able to collaborate. Resource centers are available to all members of the public in addition to the community court participants.
Community court increases collaboration between the criminal justice system and other systems, including mental health, substance use disorder, human services, housing, employment and education.
King County community courts are a collaborative effort between King County District Court, local cities, service providers and other public agencies.
- Increased cost efficiencies:
- Decreased costs of crimes to victims
- Savings outweighed program costs by a factor of nearly 2 to 1
- Reduced use of jail [35% fewer offenders received jail sentences]
- Reduced recidivism [10% reduction]
- Reduced crime [sustained decrease in both felony and misdemeanor arrests]
Having court hearings in a safe, neutral and community-centered location (such as a library or community center) encourages the participants to stay engaged and removes the stigma associated with the courthouse. Additionally, as community resource centers co-located with the courts are crucial to providing services that participants and other community members need, it is important to house the resource centers in places that are easily accessible to everyone.
No screening is required to enter portions of the facility not being used as a courtroom.
- Substance Use Disorder Assessment/Support
- Mental Health Assessment/Support
- Public Assistance Support
- Housing Assistance
- Employment Assistance
- GED/Education/Training Programs
- Food Banks/Food Assistance Programs
- Civil Legal Aid
- Dispute Resolution & Mediation Services
Lists of services providers
The Virtual Resource Center is open as follows:
- Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (coinciding with Shoreline Community Court)
- Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (coinciding with Redmond Community Court)
- Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (coinciding with Auburn Community Court)
The Redmond Community Resource Center also is available with limited in-person providers, Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Redmond City Hall, 15670 NE 85th St.