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Services & Information/ Collaborative Courts
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.
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. The District Attorney's Office and the Probation Department determine a defendant's eligibility. A treatment program is provided by the Department of Health and Human Services. Defendants who establish a consistent pattern of clean drug tests, employment or enrollment in vocational or educational programs, and other proof of a stabilized lifestyle, graduate from the program. All criminal charges are dismissed.
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 downtown Sacramento. As a result of this collaboration, the program clears over 600 warrants annually, provides on-site consultation to over 300 homeless participants and places cases on a monthly court calendar for resolution. Rather than assessing fees as part of the resolution, homeless offenders participating in the program are offered options such as community service, credit for time in clean and sober living facilities and/or mental health treatment. This helps reduce the jail population, allows for a fair sentence for the offender and contributes to the well-being of the community.
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
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
There are currently 21 Veterans' Treatment Courts operating in California. The program 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, Violation of Probation Court offers felony probationers who commit a new non-violent, non-serious offense qualify to participate in 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 trial rather than a jury trial, and is typically resolved in an average of 13 days, 32 days less than if charged with a new crime. By reducing the number of court appearances and reducing the number of days the offender spends in jail, this program saved Sacramento County $12.6 million in its first two years.