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Special Court Addresses Needs of Springfield's Homeless

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In this segment of Making Democracy Work, Lisa Langley talks with Springfield Municipal Court judge, Becky Borthwick, about Springfield's Homeless Court.

The Homeless Court is held the first Tuesday of each month at The Kitchen, Inc. and helps the homeless facing legal problems.

It originated out of  a commission on poverty started by Springfield city manager, Greg Burris, and had its first session in January 2015.

Borthwick says Homeless Court is "completely different" from regular court.  She says it feels more like a counseling session in a therapy group.

Steven Binder,  who started the nation's Homeless Courts, will be in Springfield this week. 

Steven Binder, who started the nation's Homeless Courts, will be at Drury's Lay Hall Tuesday 5/5.  And he'll sit in on a session of Springfield's Homeless Court.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.