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ices? Do they take advantage of them voluntarily? Do they come to see the Courthouse as a place where they can get help?
Finally, community reactions should be reviewed. How do community residents respond to the project? How realistic are community expectations about its potential accomplishments? And how does the effort to develop a more constructive response to municipal ordinance violations affect perceived levels of neighborhood disorder? Do community members notice a visible change in quality-of-life conditions?
As an increasing number of community courts are implemented throughout the nation, the Hartford model can offer valuable lessons to the field. Its early opera- tions will be closely watched by jurisdictions interested in improving the response to low-level offenses and by smaller cities, interested in building community court prin- ciples in a centralized court context.