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Neighborhood Justice and Collaborative Courts Unit (NJU)

Neighborhood Justice and Collaborative Courts Unit
Office of the City Attorney
1200 Third Ave., Suite 700
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 533-5500
Email: cityattorney@sandiego.gov

Neighborhood Prosecutors, in cooperation with the San Diego Police Department, other agencies, and the community, work aggressively and creatively to address quality of life crimes.  These crimes include prostitution, graffiti, vandalism, gang offenses, as well as alcohol and drug offenses. Deputy City Attorneys work in targeted neighborhoods side-by-side with police officers and community members on problem-solving initiatives.

The San Diego City Attorney’s Office is excited to welcome the Community Justice Initiative (CJI) and Collaborative Courts to the Neighborhood Prosecution Unit! CJI and Collaborative Courts are designed to help the City Attorney’s Office and the Court to adjust to changes in the criminal justice system due to Assembly Bill 109 and Proposition 47.

CJI allows low-level offenders to have their case dismissed if they complete 16 hours of community service. The goal of CJI and Collaborative Courts is to forge partnerships with the police, the community, and non-profits to create a more responsive and community-oriented criminal justice system.

The City Attorney’s Collaborative Courts include: the Beach Area Community Court, Homeless Court, Behavioral Health Court, the Prostitution Impact Panel, Drug Court, and Veterans Treatment Court.

  • Community Justice Initiative: Community Justice Initiative gives people who commit low-level misdemeanors a second chance. Participants can earn a dismissal of their criminal conviction by completing 16 hours of community service. Additionally, participants have access to educational, job training, and treatment programs.
  • Know Your Prosecutor: Neighborhood Prosecutors have offices at San Diego Police Department's area stations. They partner with the community in developing long-term solutions to quality-of-life crimes. These include prostitution, graffiti, vandalism, gang offenses, disturbing the peace, as well as alcohol and drug offenses.
  • The San Diego Misdemeanants At-Risk Track (SMART) pilot program addresses an ongoing challenge of the criminal justice system:  low-level misdemeanor offenders who cycle through the system without access to services, coordination of care, or meaningful incentives to engage with social service providers. SMART will safely divert chronic misdemeanor offenders, particularly those who are otherwise resistant to intervention, to a case manager and offered individualized treatment and tailored housing placements.