Community Court
In 2016, the Cleveland Municipal Court was one of ten applicants nationwide to receive a Community Court Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, in partnership with the Center for Court Innovation. As a selected site, the Cleveland Community Court received $200,000, as well as technical assistance from the Center for Court Innovation to implement a community court that will serve the entire city of Cleveland, as well as the neighboring Village of Bratenahl.

Community courts respond to quality-of-life crimes by ordering offenders to pay back the communities they’ve harmed through visible community service projects—for example, painting out graffiti, beautifying neighborhood parks, and cleaning up litter and debris from public streets. At the same time, community courts link offenders to services designed to help them address the underlying issues fueling their criminal behavior, such as drug and alcohol treatment, mental health services, job training, and public benefits. Nationally, research has shown that the community court model can reduce crime and substance use, increase services to victims, save money, and improve public confidence in justice.

The Honorable Suzan M. Sweeney was appointed as the Cleveland Community Court's first presiding judge. According to Cleveland Municipal Court Administrative and Presiding Judge, the Honorable Ronald B. Adrine, “With evidenced-based practices, appropriate interventions and close judicial monitoring, this docket will promote accountability and offer meaningful alternatives to incarceration." Click here for more information about Community Courts.
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