Next Court Watch Meeting: Mon., June 13

posted Jun 9, 2011, 5:37 PM by Ronnie V   [ updated Jun 10, 2011, 8:37 AM ]
Some local criminals have been selected, now come learn how the court system really works!

On Monday, June 13, 2nd Precinct CPS Tom Thompson and 2nd Precinct Community Attorney Heidi Johnston will give us a rundown on how the courts work and what we can expect to see in the cases we've chosen to follow. The Court Watch information will take place during the regularly scheduled 2PAC meeting and is expected utilize the entire meeting for the discussion.

Date/Time: Monday, June 13, 6 - 8 p.m.

Location: Monroe Village Community Room, 1900 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis 55418. Across the street from the 2nd Precinct.

Be Part of Our Team!
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. You can determine your own level of participation as your schedule allows.

What Will I Do as a Volunteer?

It's easy! 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).

Come to the meeting to just listen in. If you can't make it, but want more info about participating on our team, email and we'll keep you in the loop.