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The Homeless Court Program

Monday, October 24, 2011 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


This program will present an opportunity to learn about an innovative pilot project in the Massachusetts justice system called the Homeless Court Program (HCP). The Homeless Court is a result of a unique partnership with the West Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court Department, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, hopeFound, and the Committee for Public Counsel Services.

The HCP seeks to expand access to the criminal justice system and reduce legal barriers faced by homeless men and women and those at risk of homelessness by establishing an alternative court session designed to expeditiously resolve misdemeanor offense, non -violent felonies and outstanding warrants upon presentation of a demonstrated commitment to, and/or completion of, a substance abuse, addiction or other treatment program.  The goal is to stimulate full and fast social reintegration and the transition to a self supporting and sustainable life.

Sponsoring Section/Committee(s):




Patricia Johnson


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