The Ministry of Justice released the final evaluation of the Downtown Community Court on March 5.
The DCC is the first court of its kind in Canada and offers “an innovative court model that has the objective of bringing together multiple agencies to address the health and social needs of offenders, reducing recidivism, improving court efficiencies and engaging with the community.”
Three studies make up the evaluation of the DCC and they each examined the three critical objectives:
- Offender outcomes and recidivism;
- Court efficiency;
- Community engagement.
The study on recidivism has undergone an academic peer review to validate its findings and has been published by PLOS ONE, an online scientific journal for peer-reviewed research published by the Public Library of Science.
The findings of the evaluation of the DCC will create a basis for the development of a broader strategy for specialized courts in BC. This strategy is targeted for completion by March, 2015.