Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law

OSJCL Amici Board of Advisors

OSJCL Amici: Views from the Field

Hartford Community Court a Success

After a decade of operating, a reflection on Hartford Community Court demonstrates that it has been highly successful. The court, which deals with non-violent criminals such as litterers and loiterers, was opened in an effort to increase general quality-of-life issues in the community and to provide proactive assistance for those whose crimes were indicative of deeper troubles. It has also reinvigorated law enforcement officers, who previously had little incentive to make arrests for such crimes, which often resulted in dismissals. The Hartford Community Court is serving as a model for other jurisdictions, as over sixty such courts are now operating across the U.S.



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