Community Court Project
Community Court Project
The Wilmington Community Court initiative is an innovative effort by the Delaware Judiciary to break the cycle of crime before it starts by focusing on treatment and solving problems while ensuring public safety. Defendants are held accountable for their actions, but rather than using only incarceration or fines, community court looks to address the underlying issues that drive low-level, non-violent criminal behavior like drug addiction, mental health issues or unemployment and connects defendants with needed services.
Needs Assessment Survey
Community Court organizers are asking the Wilmington community to assist them, as they prepare to launch a Wilmington Community Court, by completing a short online “Needs Assessment” survey. The survey questions seek to determine the community’s concerns and priorities in public safety issues, the relationship between the court system and the community, and what kinds of programs the community would like to see established at a community court center.
The survey is open to not only residents of Wilmington but to all those who have contact with Wilmington, including people who work in the city, own a business in the city or whose children attend school or some other function in the city. Other communities will be surveyed later as the Community Court initiative expands and matures.
Members of the public are encouraged to participate. The assessment is a short multiple-choice 15-question survey. This survey is being conducted by Delaware State University on behalf of the Wilmington Community Court Project. All responses are anonymous.
Thanks to all those who participated.
The proposed community court project would serve the entire city of Wilmington (16.94 square miles; Population: 70,851), with an estimated annual caseload of 1,367 cases.
The project would be an intercourt collaboration between the Superior Court, Court of Common Pleas, Family Court and Justice of the Peace Court.
The project will focus services on substance abuse, mental health, housing, life skills and importantly, the creation of job opportunities.
Key partners will include the Judiciary, the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of Defense Services, the Governor’s Office, the Mayor’s Office, Wilmington City Council, Wilmington Police, New Castle County Police, the Department of Labor, the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, and many more.
For More Information:
Contact Brenda Wise,
Statewide Problem-Solving Court Coordinator