175 homeless participants came ready to work off Class C misdeamanor violations by performing community service work offered through a City of Dallas Community Court for the homeless held at the Stewpot on Saturday, June 26. Community service organizations provided counseling and volunteer work opportunities to satisfy conditions of the alternative sentencing program imposed as a result of a guilty plea.
One of the most critical issues facing many in the homeless community is the need to resolve legal problems. A criminal record can prevent individuals from getting employment or qualifying for housing. To meet this need, the Dallas Municipal Courts, the Dallas City Attorney’s office, and private attorneys in collaboration with The Stewpot provide complete Class C misdemeanor case resolution (other than thefts and assaults) with periodic Community Court opportunities.