STREET OUTREACH COURT DETROIT

Street Outreach Court Detroit is a collaborative project of the Michigan’s 36th Judicial District Court designed to open the doors of justice to homeless people who have already demonstrated sincere and sustained effort to end their homelessness.

ABOUT

 

Street Outreach Court Detroit (“SOCD”) offers individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness the opportunity to resolve certain types of civil infractions and misdemeanors, including warrants, by crediting their personal ameliorative efforts to address the causes of their offending behaviors (such as job training, education, and alcohol and drug rehabilitation) towards their outstanding fines, costs, and/or jail time.  This is a program that requires compliance with a comprehensive action plan before any relief is granted.  Thus, all successful participants in SOCD have demonstrated sincere and sustained efforts to end their homelessness, efforts that merit the granting of relief.

For complete details regarding SOCD jurisdictions, eligibility, procedure, please see Our Guidelines.

HOW IT WORKS

GET A PLAN

A Participant meets with a social service nonprofit, a Provider, and together they draft a comprehensive Action Plan to end the Participant’s homelessness. After a minimum of 30 days of progress, they apply to SOCD for relief. Once approved, a judge suspends the Participant’s outstanding warrants, giving him or her time to complete the Action Plan.

GET TO WORK

A Participant then continues working on the Action Plan under the close supervision of the Provider for a minimum of 60 days. At a pre-trial conference, the SOCD legal team assesses the evidence of the Participant’s progress and determines if relief is merited.

GET RELIEF

At a session of court held in an area soup kitchen, the SOCD hears testimony about the participant’s progress and enters pleas and/or dismissals, vacates fines and costs or takes other equitable action. Afterwards, any outstanding civil matters are referred to SOCD’s pro bono attorney partners.

TO GET STARTED, CONTACT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPROVED SERVICE PROVIDERS:

CAPUCHIN SOUP KITCHEN - MELDRUM

1264 Meldrum St
Detroit, Michigan 48207
313.925.1370

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES

7310 Woodward Ave, Suite 701
Detroit, Michigan 48202
313.964.1975

CAPUCHIN SOUP KITCHEN - CONNER

4390 Conner St
Detroit, Michigan 48215
313.822.8606

ST. LEO'S SOUP KITCHEN

4860 15th St
Detroit, Michigan 48208
313.933.9344

CAPUCHIN SERVICE CENTER

6333 Medbury St
Detroit, Michigan 48207
313.925.0514

SOUTHWEST ECONOMIC SOLUTIONS

1920 25th St
Detroit, Michigan 48216
313.841.3727
CAPUCHIN SOUP KITCHEN – MELDRUM
1264 Meldrum St
Detroit, Michigan 48207
313.925.1370
CAPUCHIN SOUP KITCHEN – CONNER
4390 Conner St
Detroit, Michigan 48215
313.822.8606
CAPUCHIN SERVICE CENTER
6333 Medbury St
Detroit, Michigan 48207
313.925.0514
NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES
7310 Woodward Ave, Suite 701
Detroit, Michigan 48202
313.964.1975
ST. LEO’S SOUP KITCHEN
4860 15th St
Detroit, Michigan 48208
313.933.9344
SOUTHWEST ECONOMIC SOLUTIONS
1920 25th St
Detroit, Michigan 48216
313.841.3727

OUR STATISTICS

SOCD constantly measures the it’s effectiveness, and that of the approved service providers, in permanently ending homelessness. The following statistics represent the best available data as of October 7, 2014.

2012

SOCD DOCKET STATISTICS

Participants

No. of Cases

Participant Savings @ 36th District ($)

Participant Savings - Parking ($)

SAVINGS FROM CRIMINAL JUSTICE EFFICIENCIES

New Parking Settlements Entered ($)

Savings from Unified Adjudication ($)*

Savings from Reduced Recidivism ($)^

Cost to Taxpayers ($)

 APPLICANTS SIX MONTHS LATER

%

Stably Housed~

%

Stabilized Income~

%

Committed No New Offense

  • Minor/Traffic Offense 6%
  • Misdemeanor (non-traffic) Offense 0%
  • Felony Offense 0%

*This is based on a study that estimated the cost of all parties of operating a court room to be $5,000 per day or approximately $125 per case.

^ This is based on a study (The Cost of Crime to Society: New Crime-Specific Estimates for Policy and Program Evaluation, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2835847/) that estimated the cost to the society for each new lower-level crime is $3500 per case (the societal cost of theft/larceny) and Michigan 2007 recidivism rate of 31.0%.

~ Unofficial number.

2013

SOCD DOCKET STATISTICS

Participants

No. of Cases

Participant Savings @ 36th District ($)

Participant Savings - Parking ($)

 

2014

 

SOCD DOCKET STATISTICS

Participants

No. of Cases

Participant Savings @ 36th District ($)

Participant Savings - Parking ($)

36th District Court
421 Madison Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226

TDD/TTY (313) 965-4158
Fax: (313) 965-3951

http://www.36thdistrictcourt.org