[Hpn] "The Homeless Court Program: Taking the Court to the Streets" - American Bar Association - September 12, 2002

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"The Homeless Court Program: Taking the Court to the Streets""The Homeless
Court Program: Taking the Court to the Streets."

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By Justin Graf - American Bar Association - September 12, 2002

The American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty
announces the release of a "how to" manual that documents the creation
and success of San Diego's innovative Homeless Court.

Please see the below document for more information and to order a
copy of the manual.

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The American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness & Poverty
announces the release of its latest publication

The Homeless Court Program: Taking the Court to the Streets

This manual documents San Diego’s successful Homeless Court
Program --- an innovative response to addressing the legal
problems of people experiencing homelessness.

Written by the founder of the Homeless Court Program and Deputy
Public Defender for San Diego County, Steven R. Binder, the
publication explains how the concept for San Diego’s program
developed and how it has evolved into a model program replicated
by other jurisdictions.

The manual serves as a “how to” guide for people interested in
creating similar programs in their communities.

In practice, the Homeless Court Program operates on a monthly
basis at two of San Diego’s largest shelters.

A special voluntary court session is convened at the shelter ---
a judge, clerk, public defender and prosecutor come to the
shelter to provide greater access to justice to homeless people
with outstanding criminal misdemeanor warrants.

The philosophy behind this unique program is rehabilitative
rather than punitive --- no one is taken into custody.

The key players involved in the program realize that outstanding
criminal warrants often preclude homeless people from accessing
vital services such as employment, housing, public benefits, and
treatment for mental health and/or substance abuse problems.

As such, the court seeks to address the legal problems of the
homeless participants as well as linking them with appropriate
services and treatment programs.
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“The Homeless Court Program: Taking the Court to the Streets” is
available for $15.

Name:   ____________________________________________

Organization: ________________________________________

Address:   ___________________________________________

Tel:   _____________       E-mail:    ______________________

Please share with us information about your organization and
interest in meeting the needs of homeless people.
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Please send a check for $15 per copy made payable to the ABA
Commission on Homelessness & Poverty to:
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American Bar Association
Commission on Homelessness & Poverty
740 15th Street, NW Washington, DC 20005
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For more information about the manual and/or
the ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty,
please contact:

Justin Graf, Project Assistant,
(202) 662-1694 grafj@staff.abanet.org
or
Amy Horton-Newell, Director,
(202) 662-1693 hortona@staff.abanet.org



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