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Collaborative Courts

Chronic Nuisance Offender Program (CNO)

The CNO program is a collaboration with law enforcement, Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Services, local community based organizations and agencies as well as Sacramento Steps Forward that focuses on offenders who have repeatedly committed crimes which have a negative impact on public safety and quality of life for a particular community.  Working with the court and the above providers, the offender is offered a tailored program in an effort to address substance abuse, mental illness and housing needs to assist in creating a safer community.

Community Realignment Re-Entry Court

The Community Realignment Re-Entry Court was formed in 2013 as a result of AB 109, known as “Public Safety Realignment,” under which many offenders who would normally be sentenced to state prison are instead sentenced to county jail.  Learn More

CSEC (Commercial Sexually Exploited Children) Court

This court addresses concerns that children who are being commercially sexually exploited have specific safety, accountability, mental health stability, and enroll in school or find employment.

Driving Under the Influence Treatment Court (DUITC)

The District Attorney’s Office partnered with the Public Defender’s Office, Sacramento County Probation and the Sacramento Superior Court to create a new  collaborative court targeting high-risk repeat DUI offenders called The Driving Under the Influence Treatment Court (DUITC). The goal of the program is to keep communities safe and to reduce recidivism among the DUI repeat offenders that will lead to decreased alcohol-related collisions, injuries, and fatalities.  Qualified offenders facing a third or fourth DUI charge are eligible for consideration for entry into the DUITC program. 

Drug Court

Established in 1995, Drug Court was created to assist repeat, non-violent drug and property crime offenders by offering drug treatment instead of jail time.  Offenders may be eligible for Drug Court if their drug abuse or addiction was a motivating factor in their current offense and they are not currently on parole.  Learn More

Juvenile Drug Court (JDC) Program 

This court provides treatment and rehabilitation to certain non-violent youth with significant substance abuse issues.

Loaves & Fishes Court

With the support of the Sacramento Superior Court and the District Attorney, the Public Defender’s Office started a monthly legal clinic at Loaves and Fishes, a homeless shelter in Sacramento.  This collaborative program clears more than 600 warrants annually, provides on-site consultation to more than 300 homeless participants and places cases on a monthly court calendar for resolution.  Learn More

Mental Health Court

This program is for those diagnosed with mental illnesses that cause significant impairment, like schizophrenia and anxiety disorders, among others.  Learn More

Co-Occurring Mental Health Court

In early 2015, the Judicial Council of California awarded Recidivism Reduction Grant funding to support planning and implementation of a Co-occurring Mental Health Court (COMHC) program from April 1, 2015 through April 30, 2017. The COMHC program will operate collaboratively with members from the Court, Probation Department, District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Behavioral Health Division and Alcohol and Other Drug Services Division. The COMHC program will provide coordinated and integrated treatment services to moderate to high risk felony offenders suffering from severe mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Prop 36 Court

This court was developed to accommodate the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 2000 (Prop 36), which was an initiative statue that permanently changed state law.  This initiative allowed non-violent offenders being charge with drug possession, to receive probation rather than incarceration. 

REducing Sexually Exploited & Trafficked (RESET) Court

An adult court diversion program for young adult women arrested for sex work crimes.  The new FREE program will provide wrap around trauma based services, life skills and peer mentoring that will give women real life skills and options to better their current circumstances. The program replaces a former program that cost women up to $250 and did not address their specific needs.  The new program also provides the opportunity to eliminate the criminal record for the offense, which in the past hampered efforts of those trying to escape a trafficking environment.

Veterans' Treatment Court

The Veterans' Treatment Court was created in response to thousands of mentally ill and addicted veterans going through lifetime cycles of crime, arrest, court proceedings, incarceration, release and more crime. With approximately 2 million veterans returning home, it is likely many will end up in the criminal justice system. Learn More

Violation of Probation (VOP) Court

Launched in 2008, felony probationers who commit a new non-violent, non-serious offense qualify to participate in Violation of Probation (VOP) Court.  If found to be in violation of their probation, the judge sentences the offender to the same options available as if the offense was charged as a new case.  A VOP case is resolved with a Court vs. jury trial, and is typically resolved in an average of 13 days, 32 days less than if charged with a new crime.  Learn More



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