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2014 Community Court in the News

02-20-14 Fox 59 Video

Video: Indianapolis Community Court Expanding Services for Safer Community






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"Treating addiction to drugs and alcohol - and addressing underlying trauma
or mental illness - is key to helping many of our defendants avoid new arrests," says Indianapolis Community Court Presiding Judge David Certo. "Our mission is to help people in trouble change their lives. When they succeed, we get a safer city."
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"For many in the criminal justice system, preventing future crime and re-arrest after release is impossible without treatment for and recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs." 
The Indianapolis Community Court works closely with area treatment centers such as the Harbor Light Center, a program of the Salvation Army of Indiana, referring defendants who have substance abuse issues. Harbor Light offers a continuum of services based upon individual needs including medically supervised detox, intensive inpatient treatment and short-term residential housing. Its Intensive Outpatient program, commonly known as IOP, includes 90 hours of classes focusing on the nature and brain chemistry of addiction and relapse prevention.
Everyday we celebrate the successes of those in recovery such as Tim. Last year, he entered the Harbor Light Center subsidized by Indianapolis Community Court. Before entering Harbor Light he had been arrested 27 times. Tim has not been arrested since entering Harbor Light and is currently working a full-time job. He's preparing to move into his own apartment. His last arrest was August 2012.  
Ronald had resisted help for his substance abuse problems for years and has been through Indianapolis Community Court more than 40 times. In September he agreed to seek help from Harbor Light and is now more than six weeks sober. He's working a part-time job that he says he loves. He keeps in close contact with the Court and tells us how grateful he is for this chance to turn his life around. "I wish I would have taken advantage of your resources sooner," he says. 
Indianapolis Community Court subsidizes treatment for defendants at Harbor Light and other addiction treatment centers, but grant funding is limited and the need is great. If you are interested in donating to help others like Tim and Ronald, Indianapolis Community Court has formed a charitable 501 (c) (3) to subsidize funding for defendants to access recovery resources in our community. Professional treatment is critical in confronting the vicious cycle of addiction and recidivism, reuniting families, creating safer neighborhoods, and helping those who want to be productive members of society.



Officer David S. Moore Food Pantry

The David S. Moore Food Pantry is open on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of each month. Tuesday and Thursday hours are from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday hours are from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Court staff can also provide emergency food assistance from the David S. Moore Food Pantry any time during regular business hours.

The Indianapolis Community Court works in partnership with St. Joan of Arc Holy Family Ministry and its Ladies' Auxiliary to collect donations of food and clothing for defendants and area residents in need. It's dedicated to fallen IMPD Officer David S. Moore, 29, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds during a routine traffic stop two years ago. He died three days later. He joined IMPD in 2004.


The Indianapolis Community Court works with community partners and neighborhoods to address the root causes of crime and provides wraparound services and alternatives to incarceration for low-level misdemeanor defendants who are willing to plead guilty to their offenses. The ultimate purpose of Community Court is to reduce the likelihood of reoffending which saves taxpayers’ dollars for police, prosecution, defense, courts, incarceration, and many other city/county agencies.

To make a donation of non-perishable food and gently used clothing, please contact Mary Ann Schaefer at St. Joan of Arc Holy Family Ministry, 4217 N. Central Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46205, call 317-283-5508, or drop off at Community Court, 902 Virginia Avenue. Donors may also contribute funds to the Officer David S. Moore Foundation, P.O. Box 39284, Indianapolis, IN 46239, and indicate on the mailing envelope that the contribution is for the “David S. Moore Food Pantry.” Please make all checks out to "Indianapolis Community Court Inc."

The Indianapolis Community Court also has a non-profit, charitable organization.  Our ability to provide additional services to defendants and the public relies on a combination of private and public support. Contributions from individuals are particularly crucial, in demonstrating there is a broad, public interest in court reform. Donate Here!

 New Master Commissioner 
Shannon Logsdon
Shannon Logsdon has joined Indianapolis Community Court as our new Master Commissioner. Many thanks to Commissioner Valerie Horvath for her years of service and contributions to Community Court. Prior to earning her law degree from Indiana University - Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Commissioner Logsdon worked for many years in the title insurance industry and as a middle school math teacher.  
Commissioner Logsdon was sworn in as a Master Commissioner with the Marion Superior Court on December 30, 2010. She most recently worked at the Arrestee Processing Center which operates 24 hours a day and processes all adults arrested in Marion County. She has presided over both criminal and civil court cases.

She has also served as Assistant Corporation Counsel with the City of Indianapolis in the Litigation Section, representing the City in state and federal cases and as co-legal counsel for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. She has also served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the Marion County Prosecutor's Office, with the majority of her time prosecuting felony and misdemeanor drunk and drugged driving cases. As a Deputy Prosecutor she volunteered time to the Fatal Alcohol Crash Team, a specialized multi-agency law enforcement team that is called to the scene of vehicle crashes involving alleged impaired drivers when someone is killed or seriously injured.
Prior to her work in the public sector, Commissioner Logsdon worked as an Associate Attorney at LewisWagner, LLP representing clients in federal and state courts on matters involving environmental issues, product liability, and business litigation.

She is married to Roger and they're the proud parents of Chance - a very spoiled three-legged Boston Terrier. Her father was a military officer and she was born overseas. She grew up moving around the world and lived the majority of her life in Maryland, about halfway between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.
Judge David Certo: Aiding the community through charity
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