South Dallas Community Court again recognized as National Mentor Court
The Center for Court Innovation, in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, has designated the South Dallas Community Court as a Mentor Court for community courts around the nation. The Court is located at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, 2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
This is the second time the South Dallas Community Court has been recognized through the Mentor Court initiative as a model of exemplary community justice principles. It was chosen based on its performance, program effectiveness, documented practices, sustainability, and application of community court principles.
Since its launch in 2004, the South Dallas Community Court has charted new ways to engage the community, restore conditions of disorder, and contribute to cost-effective problem-solving practices that simultaneously reduce incarceration and improve justice system legitimacy.
The other three Mentor Courts include the Hartford Community Court (CT), Orange County Community Court (CA), and San Francisco Community Justice Center (CA). Serving as examples of exceptional community courts, the mentor courts are models for criminal justice officials nationwide who are interested in new approaches to criminal justice.
In honor of this achievement, Medina Henry and Natalie Reyes, Associate Directors of Training and Technical Assistance at the Center for Court Innovation, presented a Certificate of Recognition as a Mentor Court to City Attorney Warren Ernst, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Eric Wilson, Hon. Cheryl Williams, Asst. City Attorneys Mark Murrell, Jill Haning and Community Courts Manager Dianne Gibson.