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Thursday, November 1 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Jail is Not the Solution: Innovative Alternatives to the Criminalization of Homelessness

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The criminalization of homelessness does not end homelessness. Why? Because criminalization does not address the real causes of homelessness. It actually worsens homelessness by negatively affecting housing and employment options for those who are homeless. It is expensive and wasteful in communities that utilize criminalization as an option and, in many cases, has been found by the Courts to be unconstitutional. However, there are innovative and viable alternatives to the criminalization of homelessness. This session will highlight the efforts of two legal service agencies, from opposite coasts, to address perceived criminal behavior through direct representation, impact litigation, and community advocacy. As part of the session, participants will be given the opportunity to share experiences (both good and bad) on how their communities view and react to the criminalization of homelessness.


Anne Rios

Executive Director & Managing Attorney, Think Dignity
Anne Rios completed her undergraduate education at the University of California, Berkeley, and attended law school at California Western School of Law. Special recognitions include receiving the Center for Community Solutions’ Freedom Award. Anne joined the Think Dignity staff in... Read More →

Mary Vosburgh

Staff Attorney, One80 Place Legal Services, One80 Place
Mary Vosburgh is a staff attorney with One80 Place Legal Services in Charleston, SC, working exclusively with homeless veterans. She dedicates her time to assisting homeless and indigent veterans in removing civil legal barriers to ending their homelessness. The majority of her practice... Read More →

Mitchelle Woodson

Interim Executive Director, Managing Attorney, Think Dignity
Mitchelle Woodson is the executive director and managing attorney of Think Dignity, a homeless advocacy agency in San Diego, California, with a mission to inspire, empower, and organize the local community to advance basic dignity to those living on the streets. She joined the Think... Read More →

Jeff Yungman

Director, One80 Place Legal Services, One80 Place
Jeff Yungman is the Director of One80 Place Legal Services in Charleston, SC. In 1980, after leaving the New Orleans Police Department, Jeff obtained a Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Public Health from Tulane University. In 1999, he became clinical director of One80 Place... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm CDT
Plaza Ballroom I Westin Galleria, 3rd Level