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Community Justice Center
The Community Justice Center (CJC) is a collaborative court program in partnership with city agencies and community groups. The CJC represents progressive reform to the current criminal justice system by addressing the primary issues facing the individual and not just their crime. The CJC includes both a courtroom and social-service center. Social services include drug treatment, mental health programs, support groups, counseling, career development and job training. The CJC refers clients and community members to appropriate services located at the CJC and at other city-partner agencies. The CJC values the immediacy of intervention with the goal of preventing on-going cycles of recidivism while improving the lives of participants and residents in the community.
The Community Justice Center of the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco, responds to the needs of participants and the central city community with a philosophy that CARES - Community, Accountability, Efficiency, and Support. The CJC reduces barriers for people with the goal of improving their lives.
- The CJC court serves the Tenderloin South of Market, Union Square and Civic Center neighborhoods. The social service center is open to all San Francisco residents citywide.
Advisory Board Members
The CJC Advisory Board, comprised of community members and department representatives, was established in September 2008 to guide further planning and implementation of the CJC. All CJC Advisory Board meetings are open to the public and publicly noticed. Public comment will be fielded through the Chair, at the end of the meeting.
Next Advisory Board Meeting
Please join us for our next CJC Advisory Board meetings on:
May 16, 2013 Noon - 1 p.m.
August 15, 2013 Noon - 1 p.m.
November 21, 2013 Noon - 1 p.m.
Meetings are held in the CJC Conference Room, 555 Polk St.
Advisory Board Meeting Notes
Veterans court calendar
San Francisco Superior Court has started a Veterans Court calendar as a pilot program of the Community Justice Center. Veterans returning from current conflicts and separating from the military are already appearing in San Francisco jails as well as federal and state correctional institutions. The objective is to provide a separate CJC Veterans calendar for participants with substance abuse and mental health disabilities that would also include academic, vocational, or skills improvement leading to job placement and retention. Veteran participants who match CJC legal eligibility and clinical suitabiltiy criteria would be assigned to the veterans calendar.
Judge Braden Woods
Contact information, Hours
Judge Braden Woods
Community Justice Center
555 Polk St. (Social Services)
575 Polk St. (Courtroom)
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 202-2810 CJC Front Desk
Office hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
CJC in the News
- San Francisco Chronicle, March 2014
5 Years In, Verdict is Positive for S.F. Community Court
- San Francisco Chronicle, March 2011
S.F. Community Justice Center wins over critics
- American Prospect Magazine, December 2010
May It Please the Court: Problem-solving courts have a track record of lowering recidivism and incarceration costs, but they still don't reach
- San Francisco Chronicle, July 2010
Community Justice Center controversy forgotten
- San Francisco Sentinel, March 2010
Mayor Newsom Lauds Success of San Francisco Community Justice Center - Court Handles Quality of Life Violations
- San Francisco Chronicle, March 2010
Community Justice Center a year later
- The Examiner, March 2010
Community Justice Center's caseload growing
- Center for Court Innovation, May 2009
Interview with Judge Ron Albers
- San Francisco Chronicle, November 2009
Innovative Tenderloin court has fans, skeptics
- The Recorder, November 2009
- San Francisco Chronicle, August 2009
Public defender is no friend to the justice center