Recently appointed District Attorney George Gascón plans to expand use of community courts for petty scofflaws, while stepping up prosecution of white-collar crimes such as mortgage fraud, according to a new report.
neighborhood prosecution program that will enhance and expand the role of community courts in
responding to many of the non-dangerous, low-level crimes," according to the "District Attorney's Office 2011-12 Efficiency Plan," which was delivered to the Board of Supervisors this week.
and expand our efforts to combat identity theft crimes and environmental crimes."
Gascón announced last month that he planned to "create an entirely new option for police and prosecutors," and that he hoped "to start rolling new courts within months," according to media outlets.
aim to place prosecutors out in the community and increase pre-charging referrals to community
court for low-level crime. San Francisco has numerous community courts in which volunteer
panelists hear low-level cases referred by our Office. The panelists utilize a restorative justice
approach, adjudicating cases though community service, restitution, or services for the offender.
Our Office restructure will include increasing the utilization of these courts to quickly resolve
low level crimes, increasing resident satisfaction and reducing costs."