USA Today: Homeless People Aren't Criminals
New Column by Law Center Supporter Makes Case Against Criminalization
February 15, 2012
A new USA Today column by Arjun Sethi, a young attorney and member of the Law Center's Associates Advisory Council, leaves no room for debate: it's wrong to treat homeless persons like criminals.
Citing the Law Center's recent report, Criminalizing Crisis, Sethi identifies disturbing trends by cities across the country:
This is morally deplorable and bad fiscal policy. Studies show that it costs $87 per day to jail someone, and just $28 per day for shelter.
- 24 percent prohibit begging;
- 22 percent prohibit loitering; and
- 16 percent say it's illegal to sleep in public places.
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