College of Arts and Sciences

Fred Bonner, JD

  • Fred Bonner, JD
    JD, Law
    Adjunct Professor, Criminal Justice
    Phone: 206-296-5480
    Building/Room: Casey 3W



    Fred Bonner is a graduate of the University of Washington where he earned his Juris Doctor in 1974.  He also earned his Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Sociology from Wiley College in Marshall, Texas.
    Judge Fred Bonner has been serving on the Seattle Municipal Court Bench since 1989 and has completed two terms as Presiding Judge.  He is serving his third term as Presiding Judge, which runs from January 2011 to December 2012.  He serves on the Board for the Big Brothers of King County and the East Madison YMCA.  
    Building upon successful collaboration, Judge Bonner has given the Seattle community a voice in criminal justice policy, and has gained funding support for further development of thoughtful new approaches to criminal justice processes. Judge Bonner created the first Community Court in Washington State; implemented a Municipal Court Day Reporting Center to hold low level offenders accountable, while reducing unnecessary incarceration costs; established a Court Resource Center to help offenders fulfill their court obligations by addressing the underlying issues driving repeat criminal behavior (untreated alcohol and drug addiction, mental illnesses, unemployment, and poverty); and, partnering with the award winning Children’s Home Society of Washington, instituted the second court-based childcare in Washington State. These programs have proven to be more effective than traditional criminal justice processes in addressing the criminal behaviors and social service needs of “high system users” – offenders, who do not pose a public safety risk, yet repeatedly commit low-level offenses and use inordinate amounts of jail, hospital emergency room, sobering and detoxification center, and other social service resources.