Lawyer's Weekly Profile of the Vancouver Community Court
The court has a problem-solving focus and brings together actors from the justice system, health and social services, community organizations, and area residents to reduce crime in Vancouver’s downtown area by tackling the problems faced by many offenders, such as alcoholism, drug addiction, mental illness, homelessness and poverty.
The article refers to an interim evaluation report submitted to the B.C.’s attorney general in late August. That report can be found on the Criminal justice Reform website of the British Columbia government.
There will be a final report in the spring of 2012 that will examine changes in offenders’ behaviour and re-offending rates.