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Should homelessness be criminalized?


Last week Columbia, South Carolina joined Miami and Tampa, Florida in officially criminalizing homelessness. Over the weekend Raleigh, NC police stopped a church group called "Love Wins" from feeding the hungry, a service they have been faithfully committed to for six years. Yesterday, homeless camps in Fresno, California were evicted and destroyed. There are similar stories from all over the country. So what do you think; should homelessness be criminalized? Why or why not?

 

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    Christopher A. Watkins (ChrisWatkins) 4 years ago

    Generally they charge them with "loitering."


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    Yves (savvydating) 4 years ago

    Well said Ericdieker. Evey life is of value, no matter their circumstance. Some homeless people have great souls. If not, they would have killed themselves off long ago; instead, they keep surviving...


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    T. Clifton (BuffaloGal1960) 4 years ago

    That is exactly what I was going to answer. Veterans make up a large portion of homeless people. THAT is the crime.


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    RodneyBlaec Rainey (Rod Rainey) 4 years ago

    I don't want to believe it either. I've written some about Native Americans too. I'll have to check out your profile. Thank You!

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    RodneyBlaec Rainey (Rod Rainey) 4 years ago

    It's always a pleasure DJ! Are you still in Lou. KY for the summer? Hate to hear about your neighbors. No proponents of criminalizing them yet on this thread. And yes, it's going to take us all reaching out somehow. Thank You for participating!


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    christiananrkist 4 years ago

    When you were homelss for a couple of days, did you talk to anyone about their situation? I have talked to many in my youth and can tell you many of them have been trying for years to get on their feet. I'm glad things worked out for you so easily.

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    Eric Dierker (Ericdierker) 4 years ago

    You are welcome to come stay with me anytime. We will go and try to understand their life. Namaste

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    Borsia 4 years ago

    Many of the homeless have mental problems and won't come off the streets on their own, government can no longer force them to come.

    Sadly this is true of many veterans suffer PTSD and paranoia is common.

    But we should be helping our own in the US.

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