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Jayesh Patel

Street Democracy
President and Managing Attorney
Detroit, MI
Jayesh Patel is the President and Managing Attorney of Street Democracy, a legal reform nonprofit in Detroit. Street Democracy, through its representation of homeless and other vulnerable people, works to identify and research the systems that perpetuate poverty and punish the poor, and then works with courts, schools, police, and citizens to craft, implement, test, and replicate remedies to those systemic causes. Its major projects include implementation of a homeless court in Detroit, development and implementation of functional sentencing, and advocacy of policies that promote procedural justice. He received his BA in political science from Wayne State University and his JD from Georgetown University Law Center.