Early Disposition Court, Keeping Low Level Offenders Out of Jail
In 2004, County Attorney Polk worked with the presiding judge and public defender to develop a new court designed to resolve lower level criminal offenses with as few court appearances as possible. Called the Early Disposition Court (EDC), it provides swift and just criminal consequences for criminal behavior while protecting the rights of victims and all parties involved. All parts of the criminal justice system work together and share information as much as possible. The results of EDC are outstanding with case resolution often occurring within two weeks of an arrest. In 2019, approximately 60% of cases in EDC were resolved. The secondary result of EDC is that low level criminal offenders are not sitting in jail but are back in our community on probation and surrounded with services that protect the public.