A2: Street Court

The Detroit Free Press profiles the Street Outreach Court program, created by Ann Arbor 15th District Court Judge Elizabeth Hines. From the report: “In this court, homeless people with unpaid tickets, fines and warrants out for their arrests are referred by social service agencies, such as Catholic Social Services. Working with the agency and the court, the defendants put together an action plan to find housing, to get treatment for any substance-abuse problems they have and to obtain job training and employment. Hines created the court after realizing that many destitute people appearing before her often were hampered further by fines, court costs and fees that they never would be able to pay.” [Source]