Courts designed to help non-violent offenders who have substance abuse or mental health problems have been around for several years. See our blog posts about Mental Illness Case Information from April 2008 and Drug Courts from October 2008. The idea behind these courts is that incarceration is not likely to fix substance abuse or mental illness, but that people with these problems can be successfully treated and kept out of the criminal justice system. Treatment is significantly cheaper than incarceration and has a better chance of reducing recidivism.
Aside from their special focus, these courts don’t use the same adversarial … Read More
If you’re thinking of building a garage, an addition to your home or even building a new home, you can probably get the building permit information that you need online. By using Free Public Records Directory – Permits and Inspections, you can determine if your jurisdiction has an online link.
On each State page, there are links to the counties and cities that have online information. In addition to general information about obtaining the permit, many counties and cities offer online applications including permit status searches and online inspection requests. For instance, the City of Las Vegas has a … Read More
Let’s say you need to file for divorce, or want to sue someone in small claims court, or need to probate an estate – when you try to get started, you quickly realize that there are several or even dozens of different courts in your county! Which court should you go to?
In most states, each county has a variety of different types of courts to handle different types of cases. These courts may all be located in one Courthouse, or they may be located in different buildings across the county. In other states, such as California, there is … Read More
Searching online for outstanding arrest warrants is becoming much easier. Many state and county law enforcement authorities are now publishing their warrant records online since it makes it easier to track down wanted fugitives and bring them to justice. You may want check for arrest warrants for a prospective employee, a tenant, a neighbor, or even a new boyfriend or girlfriend to make sure you are safe. Maybe you want to see if there are people with arrest warrants in your neighborhood or city. Browsing most wanted lists may aid in the apprehension of dangerous criminals. You may even be … Read More