Where justice in a traditional courtroom is sometimes inconveniently blind, and offenders sometimes get sent to jail even if their crime doesn’t entirely warrant it, the volunteers for Neighborhood Court take a different approach.
Where justice in a traditional courtroom is sometimes inconveniently blind, and offenders sometimes get sent to jail even if their crime doesn’t entirely warrant it, the volunteers for Neighborhood Court take a different approach. Hector Amezcua Sacramento Bee file
Where justice in a traditional courtroom is sometimes inconveniently blind, and offenders sometimes get sent to jail even if their crime doesn’t entirely warrant it, the volunteers for Neighborhood Court take a different approach. Hector Amezcua Sacramento Bee file
Erika D. Smith

Erika D. Smith

Associate editor and editorial writer

The preventive side of criminal justice reform

November 16, 2015 4:01 PM

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Erika D. Smith joined The Sacramento Bee in May 2015 after spending most of her career in the nebulous Midwest. She previously worked for The Indianapolis Star in Indiana, where, as metro columnist, she covered issues related to neighborhoods, community development, public safety and diversity. She also worked for five years at the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio. She is a native of Cleveland.

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