Become Part of our Court Watch Team!

posted May 8, 2011, 9:40 PM by Ronnie V   [ updated May 12, 2011, 1:09 PM ]

Tired of watching the same repeat offenders get released back into your neighborhood to continue their reign of criminal activity? Tired of watching offenders walk away with plea bargains and a slap on the wrist? If so, take the opportunity to learn more about Eastside Court Watch and become part of Northeast Minneapolis Crime Watch & Info’s team.

What is Court Watch:

Get an inside look at the criminal justice system as a volunteer helping to track the cases of chronic local offenders who commit livability crimes like burglary, robbery, graffiti, narcotics, assault and auto theft, which tend to have a significant impact on neighborhoods and the perception of neighborhood safety. Find out what really happens and maybe even help to make a difference in the impact chronic offenders have on our neighborhood. 

The Eastside Court Watch group will be lead by 2nd Precinct CPS Tom Thompson, and will coordinate information with other departments such as probation. 

What Will I Do as a Volunteer?

The exact outline of the Court Watch program is still being determined (and will be further developed with input from volunteers), but there may be many aspects to the Court Watch program. Volunteers will be needed for many levels of activity and/or action (most can be done via email and from home or office). FYI: This Court Watch program will NOT involve traveling to the court house to actually watch cases.

--Your time commitment is totally flexible to fit your schedule (estimate up to 2 hours per month, which includes the monthly meeting).
--Most of the activity will take place via email.
--If you are able, you’ll be asked to attend the monthly meeting (1 hour), 2nd Monday of the month, 6 p.m., prior to the regular 2PAC meeting, for information and input.
--You’ll be provided with specific details of offenders and pending cases (via email).
--You may be asked to submit Community Impact Statements (CIS) regarding pending cases. 
--You may be asked to forward information to your neighborhood network to generate more Community Impact Statements (CIS’s are presented to the judge in an attempt to influence sentencing. Templates will be provided in most cases). 
--You may be asked to write to legislators and representatives about the findings of the Court Watch program relating to existing laws and sentencing guidelines, etc. (templates will be provided in most cases).

Next Meeting:

Come hear more about Court Watch on Monday, May 9 at 6 p.m., Monroe Village Community Room, 1900 Central Ave. NE (across from the precinct). Future meetings will be held on the 2nd Monday of each month, same time, same location until further notice.

Can't make the meeting but want to participate? Email and we'll be sure to keep you in the loop.