Homeless Court in Hawaii

From Honolulu Civil Beat, via the NACDL news scan:

He was four years into homelessness and had been to court so many times the bailiff recognized him. Prichett told the judge he wanted an attorney. At the Office of the Public Defender, he learned about Community Outreach Court, a program that would resolve his legal issues and lead him to services that put a roof over his head. 

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Nearing its first anniversary, the fledgling court program has helped Prichett and 34 other people dig themselves out of what he calls “that deep hole with all the tickets” in exchange for community service hours rather than jail time or fines.

The program is available to defendants with low-level, nonviolent offenses, including being in a park after hours, camping without a permit and driving without a license.

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