Date of Award

Fall 2018

Degree Type




Director of Thesis

Dr. Bret Kloos

Second Reader

Dr. Andy Pope


This report provides relevant background information on the state of homelessness in Columbia and describes the problems that criminal offenders who are homeless faced under traditional modes of correction. It then outlines the concept and history of the homeless court model and explains how these programs are intended to improve legal outcomes for individuals facing homelessness. The collection of perspectives from government and nonprofit stakeholders and homeless court participants brought together in the thesis form a qualitative framework for considering how successful the homeless court has been in accomplishing its goals and what opportunities exist for improving it. Additionally, this thesis will describe the quantitative data being gathered as part of the project and outline the analytical methods that will be used to interpret it in the next stage of this line of inquiry.

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