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Homeless Courts – Research

Homeless Court Project Evaluation

Part of the cycle of having to live on the streets of San Diego usually includes contact with police. Homeless individuals are often cited for illegal lodging, among other misdemeanor offenses and infractions of the law.

The SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Division participated in the Homeless Court project as an independent evaluator. The program is operated by the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

SANDAG staff collected data on program outreach, program participation, use of graduated sanctions, sentence completion rates, and program satisfaction of clients served through the homeless court program compared with homeless defendants handled through the traditional criminal justice process.

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San Diego Homeless Court Program – A Process and Impact Evaluation (2002) San Diego Council of Governments Criminal Justice Research Division

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