Court Watch

Court Watch brings the community’s voice into the courthouse

Court Watch is a collaborative, community-based approach to criminal justice.  Concerned citizens partner with police, prosecutors, probation officers, and other resources to prevent and respond to public safety concerns.

Goals

  1. Hold offenders accountable for their crimes with a proportionate response from the criminal justice system
  2. Reduce and prevent new crimes in our community

How Court Watch Works

  • Criminal justice partners establish a list of criteria for the neighborhoods or offenses the collaborative is going to focus on.
  • Using these criteria, a list of chronic offenders is created, who are then monitored by the Court Watch.
  • At Court Watch meetings, criminal justice professionals and community members discuss specific offenders as related to:
    • Prior convictions
    • Police contacts
    • Arrests
    • Warrants
    • Custody Status
    • Pending Cases (felony and misdemeanor)
    • Probation conditions and/or geographic restrictions
    • Housing
    • Eligibility for specialty programs such as Mental Health Court or Drug Court
  • Community members write impact statements that describe how they have been affected by these offenders and offenses
The community leads and drives a Court Watch by:
  • Sharing valuable information about offenders and crimes;
  • Having input in the criminal justice process, which increases accountability;
  • Educating judges about the personal impacts of being a victim crimes, including home or garage burglaries; and 
  • Making communities safer.

Active Court Watch Collaboratives

  • 1st Precinct and Downtown 100 
  • 2nd Precinct Court Watch 
  • 3rd Precinct - Franklin Avenue, Lake Street, Bloomington, and Little Earth
  • 3rd Precinct Property Court Watch 
  • 4th Precinct Chronic Offenders Court Watch
  • 4th Precinct Property Crimes Court Watch
  • 5th Precinct Court Watch