1. Searching Out Solutions: Alternatives to the Criminalization of Homelessness


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    Communities should implement solutions to homelessness not seek to criminalize it. USICH will soon release a comprehensive report that details effective alternatives to the criminalization of homelessness. The report is titled: Searching out Solutions: Constructive Alternatives to the Criminalization of Homelessness. USICH hosted a webinar on this topic that detailed solutions for communities. Panelists addressed the reasons why criminalization is not effective and explained several key alternatives that can help communities achieve results. Panelists: Deputy Director for USICH Anthony Love Senior Counsel for the Access to Justice Initiative at the U.S. Department of Justice Melanca Clark Executive Director of Pathways to Housing DC Christy Respress Deputy Public Defender in San Diego and cofounder of the San Diego Homeless Court Program Steve Binder

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    • DHS Speaker Series: Problem-Solving Courts


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      The Court of Common Pleas runs a number of Problem-Solving Courts designed to address the needs of chronic offenders in a non-traditional way. There are seven Problem-Solving Courts in Allegheny County: Drug Court, DUI Court, Mental Health Court, Veterans Court, Sex Offender Court, Domestic Violence Court and PRIDE Court (Program for the Re-Integration, Development and Empowerment of Exploited Individuals). Each court has a designated Judge (or Judges) and its own method of screening and assessment to determine eligibility. The Problem-Solving Courts work closely with prosecutors, public defenders, probation officers, treatment staff and other justice system partners to develop individual strategies to prevent recidivism and encourage the offender to participate in his or her treatment program. Strategies include extended probation, frequent appearances before a judge, frequent meetings with probation officers, and regular alcohol and other drug testing. With their dual emphasis on public safety and improved outcomes for offenders, Problem-Solving Courts have reformed the way in which government responds to problems such as addiction and mental illness.

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