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New Community Court offers positive options to defendants

Editor's note: This is one in an occasional series of stories dealing with the challenges facing the unhoused in our community.

At noon Wednesday, Oct. 28, a veritable crowd of helpers gathered in the Municipal Court, ready to greet the downtrodden and get them back on their feet.

Community Court, as it's dubbed, provides help to low-level offenders who are struggling with addiction, housing, mental health problems, or employment. Participants are directed to programs that will lift them up instead of shunting them into jail or giving them fines they can rarely repay.

"You can't fine som...