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Should some aspects of homelessness be criminalized?

  • The homeless are criminals.

    If we are ever going to succeed in getting rid of the problem of being homeless that has become such a huge issue in this country, then some serious steps need to be taken. One such step is to make being homeless a criminal act. I support this endeavor wholeheartedly.

  • No they should not

    They should not because they are human beings just like everyone else and they don't deserve to be criminalized for things that arent their fault. They should be cared for and get services to get them back onto their feet and to live life again. They should not be put into jail for silly aspects!

  • No they should not

    They should not because they are human beings just like everyone else and they don't deserve to be criminalized for things that arent their fault. They should be cared for and get services to get them back onto their feet and to live life again. They should not be put into jail for silly aspects!

  • No they should not

    They should not because they are human beings just like everyone else and they don't deserve to be criminalized for things that arent their fault. They should be cared for and get services to get them back onto their feet and to live life again. They should not be put into jail for silly aspects!

  • Its not their fault!

    Its not the homeless's fault that they are homeless, it could be that they hardly have money to live in a home due to all the taxes. And they really have no place left to go. I mean like look at what happened to New Orleans all of those people lost their homes but people helped them. Why can't we help the homeless even if there isn't a natural disaster happening. They have a life as well. And you think they can go to jail and just have food and clothes. Well wrong! Jails are too violent for them I don't care if they are strong or not they could get hurt. Even if they get out what do you think will happen to them then. They try to start fresh and get a job. A lot of jobs would be like "I see you went to jail, well i'm sorry we can't hire you if you have a criminal record." What next they go back to the streets, homeless yet again. So why put them in jail, Why can't we just help them.

  • It's Not A Choice

    Most people take their resources for granted. Homelessness is not criminal, but unfortunate. Being in an unfortunate state is by no means a criminal act and should not be considered one. While a lot of people assume that being homeless is a choice and that these individuals should just "get a job" need to realize it's not all that easy. Some families end up homeless because their parents can't afford rent and can't financially support themselves based on their wage. There are so many factors that play into leading a homeless life, and not all those are self inflicted. Society as a whole need to contribute and evaluate the minimum wage, welfare options, and free resources that can be utilized by individuals in this state.

  • No,no part of homelessnessshould be criminalized.

    Homelessness is a condition that most people would not choose if they had to make the choice.To make some aspect of it illegal would do nothing to solve the problem.A better solution would be to provide resources that help the homeless transition into permanent housing and get jobs that can support them.

  • They are people too

    They are people doing nothing wrong how are just trying to live and good happy life! And want to have a roof over there head clean clothes every day and something to sleep on. I feel like we need to help the homeless a lot more becauase they deserve it!

  • Really, what is there to explain?

    This is retarded, we have so many laws that make CITIZENS criminals it is insane. There has been approximately 64,000 new federal laws since 1995... Can anyone name a few? I didn't think so. The feds went into Gibson Guitar with GUNS DRAWN (P.S., they found NOTHING), and if anyone thinks it is a good idea, well, as I said, they are retarded.

  • The homeless are less fortunate human beings who have human rights and deserve to be treated like human beings.

    I have worked with the homeless for the last three years in Shasta county. Every homeless individual has their own testimony as to why they are homeless. Not all homeless people are criminals! It is hard to beat the system. If a homeless individual is incarcerated, their benefits are cut off and when they are let out they must face the viscous cycle to be reinstated for their benefits which could take up to 3-6 months. Thus, creating a barrier of escaping homelessness. Even though there are resources available not all homeless individuals are able to access them. Take a good look at what you have and then put yourself in the homeless persons shoes. What does it look like. SURVIVAL MODE! Criminalization measures violate the homeless individuals human rights and they conflict the constitution. Criminalization does nothing to solve the problem. The cities need to use constructive alternatives that would cost the state less money such as a tent city or affordable housing. For those who say yes to criminalization, do your research!

  • No, some aspects of homelessness should not be criminalized.

    In most cases, though not all, it is not that person's fault they have no home. Instead of picking and choosing where these homeless people are allowed to reside on the street, we should find ways to give them houses. At the very least a free shelter with food and water and good living so they can get better and find a job without a ton of difficulty.


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