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JC Community Solutions LogoJersey City Community Solutions (JCCS) is dedicated to administering justice, using  restorative solutions, in a manner that steers low-level, non-violent offenders away  from further criminal activity. Using sentences that combine rehabilitative social  services with community reparation, the court ultimately seeks to promote safety,  trust, and growth within the community it serves. 

Developed in 2016 with grant funding from the US Department of Justice, JCCS is the result of a collaboration between federal, state, and local agencies, as well the Center for Court Innovation. In 2017, JCCS became one of two community court programs in the state, and many nationwide, using evidence-based practices to promote restorative justice.  JCCS is now a city-funded program managed by and operated within the Jersey City Municipal Court, located at 365 Summit Avenue, Jersey City NJ.

Mission and Goal

 We are dedicated to creating   restorative solutions for low-   level,  non-violent offenders   that promote  growth and   strength in the  community.   JCCS seeks to  administer   justice in a manner that  steers   such offenders away from   further criminal activity. Using   sentences that combine rehabilitative social services with community reparation, the court ultimately seeks to promote safety, trust, and growth within the community it serves.

What is it?
JCCS is a court-based problem-solving program for low-level, non-violent offenders. Using a rehabilitation-focused approach, Jersey City Municipal Court judges will have the option to sentence offenders to social services and community service rather than fines and incarceration. Enrollment in the program will operate on a voluntary basis for eligible individuals. Defendants who choose to participate will complete a customized screening with community court staff which will guide mandates for effective alternatives to traditional sentences, such as incarceration.

How does it work?
Potential participants will be made aware of their eligibility during their first court appearance and given the opportunity to opt-in to the Community Solutions program. Only charges pending in the Jersey City Municipal Court will be eligible. Eligible offenses, which are exclusively low-level and non-violent, may include: Drug Possession, Disorderly Conduct, Shoplifting, and Trespassing, among others. Individuals with certain prior charges and convictions may be ineligible for the program. Once enrolled in the program, participants will complete community and social services based on their assessed needs. These community and social service days may be completed as a part of the court sentence.

What are the types of mandates?
Participants enrolled in the program are mandated for both community and social services. Judges will have the option to mandate JCCS participants to attend rehabilitative social services. Based on a screening from Community Solutions staff, this may include required participation in drug treatment, mental health services, or job readiness programs. Judges use community service as a primary sentencing option. The length of the community service opportunity will be determined by the judge based upon the nature of the offense, with additional mandates for noncompliance. Participants will meet with Community Solutions staff to determine their placements. JCCS participants will work in a variety of sites and roles at organizations throughout the city.

How did it start?
Early in his tenure as mayor, Steven Fulop advocated for community justice initiatives. Problem-solving courts were identified as a viable community justice practice, as it could bring new approaches to difficult cases where social, human and legal problems intersect.
In April 2016, following a national solicitation and peer review process of over 70 proposals, Jersey City was chosen as one of 10 sites to receive funding and technical assistance under the 2016 Community Court Grant Program, a joint initiative of the Center for Court Innovation and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. Jersey City Community Solutions was founded under this grant.

Common Principles of Community Courts
The first community court in the country was the Midtown Community Court, launched in 1993 in New York City. Several dozen community courts, inspired by the Midtown model, are in operation or planning around the country. The community court model seeks to respond to crime through a combined strategy of holding community court participants accountable and offering to help defendants with a range of social needs, including drug treatment under judicial supervision.

The Center for Court Innovation’s six common principles of community courts include:
• Enhanced information
 • Community Engagement
• Collaboration
• Individualized Justice
• Accountability
• Outcomes

Community Engagement
JCCS staff participates in neighborhood/block association meetings, stakeholder meetings, and advisory committees across the city and county to gather ongoing feedback about quality of life issues affecting citizens of Jersey City.  The input from these meetings allow JCCS staff to continually adjust the program to address the needs of the community and participants.

As part of the planning process to create JCCS, a community needs assessment was conducted. A total of 26 meetings were held with stakeholders and community groups to solicit input to shape a community court program that would be responsive to community needs.

Community Partners
The list of partners is not exhaustive and JCCS is still seeking partnerships with organizations in an effort to serve the residents of our community. Interested organizations can email JCCS at [email protected] or call 201-209-6734.

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Community Service

Jersey City Department of Public Works
The Sharing Place
St John’s Lutheran Church Food Pantry
Let’s Celebrate
Garden State Episcopal CDC
Liberty Humane Society
Jersey City Housing Authority
Triangle Park - Deliverance Children's Ministry
Jersey City HHS - Division of Senior Affairs

Community Resources
City of Jersey City, Health and Human Services
City of Jersey City, Office of Veterans Affairs
City of Jersey City, Division of Immigrant Affairs
Jersey City Free Public Library
Jersey City Employment and Training Program
Women Rising
C-Line Community Outreach Services
Khaleidoscope Health Care, Inc.
Covenant House
Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services
Collaborative Support Programs of NJ
Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corp.
The Waterfront Project
Northeast New Jersey Legal Services
Urban League of Hudson County
Hudson Pride Connection Center
Metropolitan Family Health Network, Inc.
The Royal Men Foundation