Orange County has implemented specialty courts that focus on rehabilitating
criminal offenders, rather than incarcerating them. According to the Superior
Court of California, County of Orange, these collaborative courts are
"problem solving courts that specialize in addressing underlying
issues that may be present in the lives of persons who come before the
court on criminal matters."
More and more counties in California are realizing that incarceration isn't
always the answer, especially considering that at the root of most criminal
offenses is an addiction, a mental illness, or psychological disorder.
These programs have proven to reduce the recidivism rate – repeat
offenders – while simultaneously reducing Orange County's inmate
California, and the United States as a whole, incarcerates more of its
citizens than any other country in the world. Incarceration rates in our
nation have peaked as high as 743 adults per 100,000 residents. If you
have been arrested for a criminal offense in Orange County, you may be
able to have your case handled in a collaborative court. Offenders who
qualify for collaborative court are usually lower-level, non-violent offenders.
Orange County has collaborative courts and alternative programs for both
adult and juvenile offenders. These programs include a drug court, DUI
court, a court for the homeless, a veterans court, and various others.
Each of these courts work with the offender and third party wellness organizations
to rehabilitate the offender so they do not end up back in the justice
system. If you would like to learn more about Orange County's collaborative
courts, visit the
Superior Court's website or speak with Attorney Barney Gibbs today about your case.