New Community Intervention Court
updated: Dec 12, 2012, 5:02 PM
Source: Ventura Police Department
Incident: New Community Intervention Court
Location: Ventura County Superior Court
Date/Time Occurred: December 2012
Partners Involved: Ventura County Superior Court
Ventura County Public Defender's Office
Ventura City Attorney's Office
Ventura Police Department
Ventura County Behavioral Health Department - Drug & Alcohol
In response to vagrancy related issues in Ventura, the Ventura County Public Defender's Office,
Ventura City Attorney's Office, Ventura County Behavioral Health, The Salvation Army, Project
Understanding, the Ventura Police Department and the Ventura County Superior Court have
developed and implemented a Community Intervention Court. The purpose of the Community
Intervention Court is to provide an alternative to traditional court proceedings for defendants
who are frequently arrested for offenses in public spaces related to vagrancy. The Court
proceedings are held once a week and engage the team's resources to work with the defendant
to provide a course of action that will reduce or eliminate the on-going criminal behaviors.
The long-term goal of the partnership is to interrupt the cycle of chronic homelessness and
vagrancy for the individual by connecting them with appropriate and available services. The
program was modeled after a similar program successfully developed by the Santa Barbara
Police Department and Santa Barbara County Superior Court.
While the effort has just begun, the agencies believe this collaborative approach will provide
effective solutions to a difficult problem facing the Ventura Community.
Ventura Mayor Mike Tracy played an integral role in presenting the concept to the Courts with a
goal of establishing this collaborative approach.
Mayor Tracy commented: "This is a proactive step toward addressing vagrancy in our
community. The results will not be immediate, but it's encouraging that multiple agencies
of government recognize the issue and are working cooperatively to impact the problem in a
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