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Spartanburg Municipal Judge seeks to establish Homeless Court: For those experiencing homelessness, even a minor criminal charge can have a major impact, leaving individuals trapped deeper in a cycle of poverty and addiction that becomes even more difficult to break. Spartanburg City Municipal Judge Erika...

Spartanburg Municipal Judge seeks to establish Homeless Court: For those experiencing homelessness, even a minor criminal charge can have a major impact, leaving individuals trapped deeper in a cycle of poverty and addiction that becomes even more difficult to break. Spartanburg City Municipal Judge Erika...

FromSpartanburg City News Podcast


Spartanburg Municipal Judge seeks to establish Homeless Court: For those experiencing homelessness, even a minor criminal charge can have a major impact, leaving individuals trapped deeper in a cycle of poverty and addiction that becomes even more difficult to break. Spartanburg City Municipal Judge Erika...

FromSpartanburg City News Podcast

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Length:
20 minutes
Released:
Aug 28, 2019
Format:
Podcast Episode

Description

For those experiencing homelessness, even a minor criminal charge can have a major impact, leaving individuals trapped deeper in a cycle of poverty and addiction that becomes even more difficult to break. Spartanburg City Municipal Judge Erika McJimpsey has a plan to offer some of our community's most vulnerable members a different path by starting a homeless court in our city. Homeless courts were founded as an alternative legal process for homeless people, who come into contact with law enforcement more often, that centers on rehabilitation rather than incarceration. The idea is to connect a qualified person with service providers who would establish a treatment plan with goals the homeless court participant would need to meet. Once the process is completed, convictions for minor offenses on the participant's record could be expunged, replacing a punitive approach to a vulnerable population with one focused on restorative justice.  Today on the podcast, Judge McJimpsey joins us give details about the new homeless court proposal and why it matters for Spartanburg.
Released:
Aug 28, 2019
Format:
Podcast Episode