Neighborhood Prosecution Unit (NPU)
NPU Informational Links
Community Prosecution and Community Policing
- National District Attorneys Association
- Center for Court Innovation
- Bureau of Justice Assistance
- Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
- Center for Problem-Oriented Policing
- Setting Up a Neighborhood Watch
- Office of Community Oriented Policing
Community Courts, Alternative Sentencing, and Prevention Programs
The Neighborhood Prosecution Unit is involved in several alternative sentencing programs and community courts. In our alternative courts, offenders give back to the community in which they have committed certain crimes. Our alternative sentencing programs are aimed at intervention, diversion, and reducing recidivism.
- Beach Area Community Court: BACC is an alternative court that is a unique collaboration between the office of the City Attorney, the San Diego Police Department, Discover Pacific Beach, Scripps Hospital, and the Park and Recreation Department, striving to stop quality of life crimes in Pacific Beach, Mission Beach and Mission Bay Park areas. BACC participants who complete both the educational session and community service session receives the benefit of no criminal charges being filed against them.
- Downtown Community Court: The Downtown San Diego Community Court, implemented in October 2002, addresses non-violent misdemeanor crimes affecting quality of life in the downtown San Diego community. Downtown Community Court holds offenders accountable to the community, provides proactive intervention through community work service, rehabilitation and education, and encourages community involvement in the criminal justice process. The Court interacts with government, law enforcement, and social service agencies to promote clean and safe neighborhoods.
- Homeless Court: The Homeless Court Program (HCP) is a special monthly Superior Court session where homeless participants can voluntarily resolve outstanding misdemeanor offenses and warrants. The HCP builds on partnerships between the court, the prosecutor, the public defender, local shelters, service agencies, and homeless participants. The homeless service agencies and providers are the gateway to the HCP. Fines and custody are replaced with participation in service provider programs completed prior to appearing at the HCP session. Cases are dismissed or reduced in consideration for demonstrated accomplishments in program activities.
- Mid-City Community Court: MCCC is a neighborhood-based court that uses the power of restorative justice to address quality of life crimes occurring in Mid-City. During Court sessions, community members share the impact of crime on their quality of life directly with actual offenders and then offender participants complete community work service and other restorative sanctions.
- No Bystanders: The "No Bystanders" sexual assault prevention program aims to reduce the number of sexual assaults by educating young people (ages 18-25) about the definition of sexual assault, the bystander effect, warning signs of a potential sexual assault, and practical techniques and skills to prevent sexual assault. The program is also tailored to train restaurant and bar staff on the same issues, while uniquely modifying the training for that high-energy, fast-moving environment.
- Prostitution Impact Panel: The Prostitution Impact Panel (P.I.P.) is a three-hour educational panel for first-time, customer-side prostitution offenders ("john" offenders). Through a series of panelists, (including former prostitutes and community members), offenders are exposed to the far-reaching impacts of prostitution activity on San Diego communities.
- Serial Inebriate Program: The San Diego City Attorney's Office partners with the San Diego Police Department, San Diego Superior Courts, Mental Health Systems, Inc., San Diego Emergency Medical Services, San Diego Sheriff's Department, County Alcohol and Drug Services, the Office of the Public Defender, and St. Vincent de Paul Village, in an effort to end the revolving door of chronic drunkenness with the Serial Inebriate Program ("SIP"). Under SIP, chronic offenders facing Penal Code § 647(f) charges are given the option to complete substance abuse treatment in County-funded treatment programs in lieu of serving custody time.
Community Organizations in Your Neighborhood
- Balboa Park
- Downtown San Diego Partnership
- East Village Association
- East Village Community Action Network
- Little Italy Association
- South Park Association
- Adams Avenue
- Azalea Park Neighborhood Association
- City Heights Business Association
- College Area Business Improvement District
- Fox Canyon Neighborhood Association
- Mid-City CAN
- Rolando Community Council
- Rolando Park Community Council
- Talmadge MAD/Community Council/Watch Volunteer Patrol
- Center for Community Solutions
- Clairemont Town Council
- Discover Pacific Beach
- Mission Beach Town Council
- Pacific Beach Town Council
- Coalition of Neighborhood Councils
- The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
- San Diego Organizing Project
- Hillcrest Business Association
- Hillcrest Town Council
- North Park Mainstreet Association
- Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association
- Ocean Beach Town Council