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County Helps Homeless Veterans Find Resolutions

County News Center, July 7, 2013 “Binder said San Diego is leading the country by example as far as helping homeless veterans. The American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, and the National Coalitions for Homeless Veterans sponsored training at the weekend event for key people from Maine, Washington

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Homeless Court Flips Judgement Day into a Graduation Day

Voice of San Diego, Kelly Bennett, February 14, 2013 “Homeless court turns regular court on its head. Outside of the trappings of a formal courtroom, the judge, prosecutors and defense breeze through dozens of cases in part of an afternoon. The process also acknowledges an offenders’ progress, instead of simply

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Veterans group honors Homeless Court Program

U-T San Diego, Dana Littlefield, December 14, 2012  “SDMAC is a nonprofit organization that supports and promotes the military and defense industry community in San Diego. It recognized Homeless Court and other organizations at its annual achievement awards breakfast last week.”

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Homeless Court: San Diego’s Homeless Citizens Take Their Troubles to Court

San Diego Lawyer Magazine, Elisabeth Donovan, May/June 2012  ” ‘As a prosecutor I owe a duty to these people because they are citizens, and although they are sometimes treated as if they’re outside society, they are members of the community.’ Deputy District Attorney Richard McCue.”

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Holding Court for the Homeless

Voice of San Diego, Adrian Florido, September 25, 2009  “‘There’s this misconception about the court, said Adam Garson,’ a pro bono attorney from the law firm DLA Piper, ‘that people just sign up for it to get things thrown out. But these people have worked really hard to be here.’”

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Helping the Homeless, Case by Case

NBC San Diego, Catherine Garcia, February 27, 2009 “While the continued problems homelessness represents are discouraging and frustrating, it is important to remember: It is the condition of homelessness that is undesirable, not the people,” says public defender Steve Binder, who founded the first Homeless Court on the handball courts at

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Courts for the homeless offer help–and hope

California Bar Journal, Kristina Horton Flaherty, December 2006  “Resolving their legal problems is ‘critical to them moving forward’ in every case, says [Andre Simpson, chief operating officer of Veterans Village of San Diego]. And, as he sees it, the homeless court process re-instills faith in the judicial system and bolsters

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Hear ye, Hear ye, Homeless Court is in session

MSNBC, George Lewis, March 15, 2006 “‘They can come into court,’ says [Steve] Binder. ‘The problem is, when they come into court, all they do is they get sentenced to fines and sentenced to custody.’ So Binder had an idea. Instead of making the homeless come to court, bring the

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Homeless court starts up in North County

U-T San Diego, David Fried, May 26, 2005 “It’s a great way to bring these people before the court system to clear up warrants and misdemeanors,” said Superior Court Judge Joan Weber, who oversees the program in North County. “It helps them, and then they have a chance to move

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Court helps homeless clean up records

Associated Press via Boston Globe, Michelle Morgante, December 9, 2004 “For Donna Jones, a 57-year-old former live-in aid worker, the San Diego court session will let her qualify again for a driver’s license. She slipped into homelessness earlier this year after her jobs dried up, and she sold her car

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