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Traditional vs. Homeless Court Distinctions between Traditional Court and Homeless Court
Obstacles to serving the homeless population in a traditional court setting include:
  • Lack of mailing address
  • Lack of transportation
  • Intimidating court environment
  • Lack of appropriate attire
  • Threat of incarceration
  • Not understanding court processes
To address these factors, MCRHC is a therapeutic, problem-solving court that creates a level of trust and comfort with participants. Because court is held on the homeless campus in a less formal court setting, it has proven more welcoming to the homeless population and gains the trust of participants. It is otherwise indistinguishable from a traditional court in the sense that there is legal representation and the same laws and judicial procedures apply. The attorneys and the court support an alternative, non-adversarial, and conference-like setting; thus encouraging participation. The typical sentence in MCRHC is credit applied towards a participant's program participation in exchange for paying fines.
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