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Reno Municipal Court's Community Court program enhancement

Award Information

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Funding Category
Competitive Discretionary
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $899,976)

The Reno Municipal Court (RMC) is a court of limited jurisdiction located in Reno, Nevada. The court addresses misdemeanor criminal violations of the Reno Municipal Code and Nevada Revised Statutes committed within the city limits. The objective of RMCs Community Court is to
interrupt the cycle of recidivism for downtown QOL offenders and incentivize them to come to court by providing a low-stress environment with on-site access to local human service and treatment providers. Access to said services and providers in lieu of traditional criminal
penalties (i.e., fines and incarceration), should bring down the barriers that are causing repeat offenders to commit QOL crimes. Following a yearlong hiatus beginning in March 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Community Court relaunched on April 7, 2021, with a newly appointed judge and has continued to grow in number of participants, staff members, and services provided. In addition to reducing recidivism, a main objective of community court is procedural justice. At all times participants are treated with dignity and respect. They are involved in every aspect of their case. There are no surprises. Every participant is a valued member of this community.

Date Created: September 27, 2023