Subject: November 2015 Court Services eNews Newsletter

Directors Desk - Peria Duncan
Welcome back to Court Services’ latest issue of our informative newsletter! Court Services’ staff continue to do great things, from participating in local school fairs, to going above and beyond to assist a hearing impaired client navigate the community service program, to maintaining and working towards additional accreditation status and more! In this past year, Court Services has increased training opportunities, integrated the use of more technology and data, and edited and updated internal policies and procedures. Other Court Service accomplishments include partnerships, such as with our ongoing Criminal Justice Mental Health Substance Abuse Grant (CJMSAG) and Meridean Behavioral Health Care; Facilities Maintenance for repair and safety upgrades; an alternative sanctions program with the Department of Corrections; an upcoming joint presentation with the Jail and Meridean, and collaborations in recent community reentry efforts. We continue to be very proud of the critical continuum of care that Court Services provides, making a difference to the Alachua County community and beyond! Please read ahead and enjoy our latest of Court Services E-News!
Featured Program - Pretrial Supervision
There are three (3) Pretrial Officers assigned to supervise all pretrial defendants released to Court Services with pending criminal cases. The officers are assigned caseloads by clients’ last names. These officers supervise defendants with cases in both misdemeanor and felony courts. It is not uncommon for them to supervise defendants with multiple cases in multiple courts.
Spotlight on Community Partner - Meridian Behavioral Healthcare
Meridian, a private, non-profit organization, has its roots in the community mental health movement that began in the 1960’s to bring education about mental illnesses and substance use disorders and treatment for those affected to the local level.

Opportunities for Florida Counties to Advance Public Safety and Save Dollars
The U.S. is 5% of the World’s Population… but 25% of the World’s Prisoners. Either we have the most evil people on earth living in the U.S. or we are doing something dramatically wrong in how we approach criminal justice. (PP Presentation).    

Advocates Push Bail Reform to Stop "Penalizing People for Being Poor"
Punishment before conviction? You decide. In the United States, where the principle of “innocent until proven guilty” is a cultural bedrock, close to half a million people are behind bars awaiting trial, convicted of nothing.

Free Parenting Classes
Healthy Start of North Central Florida is offering a free parenting program in Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Hamilton and Putnam Counties. The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program helps parents and caregivers learn about their child’s development, gain one-on-one parenting support and more.

Around and About Gainesville 
Gainesville is growing in ways you may not know about. Take a quick peek at some of the major development projects under construction in various stages of progress that will bring new retail, office and apartment buildings to the area.

Court Services - Behind Closed Doors They say "The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts," but we value every part of our Court Services Team!  Read on to see who's celebrating birthdays or anniversaries, learn about new employees, plan some training and even catch up on some news! 

Newsletter Archive - Read past newsletters and catch up on what you may have missed!

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