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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Generally they charge them with "loitering."
Well: Health issues often call for police intervention. Trespassing is an issue. Illegal panhandling. Public nuisance and blocking a public thorough fare are all criminal to an extent. Spitting on the sidewalk. Urinating in public. Are used.
Anyone who thinks it should be criminalized needs to spend a few days in the shoes of a homeless person.
to : Cat on a soapbox : Your comment is the best comment to realize the fact .
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...
There is beauty in those that struggle. We should see it. It is inspiring.
Great answer as always Eric. I think I questioned when I should have forumed again. I'm anxious to read the homeless hub you posted yesterday when I get time. Thank You Sir!
We are all just doing our best. Thank you for the nice words.
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!
Could it be for more cheap labor? http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-prison-industry-i... Thank You for participating!
Living in Texas, we know plenty about cheap labor. The cotton grown by Huntsville inmates are sold in Europe and are quite popular. At the prison museum, they sell little trinkets they make as well. That is a possibility.
That is exactly what I was going to answer. Veterans make up a large portion of homeless people. THAT is the crime.
You two might like to know that the Veterans on the street. Do much better health wise. Many many that I have known just want not to be a part of our society, of following the "orders" to be normal. Violence is not higher among them. PTSD and Bi-Pola
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!
Yes, still in Lou. for the summer. SW FL. has had a very hot summer. Don't
want to return down there until it cools down, some, and we like to wait until hurricane season is over.
Rodney, have you been posting on HP? I am not getting any hubs fr. u
Well they're calling for a high of 94 today neighbor, but no hurricanes. I haven't been able to find the time or inspiration to write lately. (heavy sigh) I do plan to continue, just hit a rough patch. Please bear with me.
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.
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.
You are welcome to come stay with me anytime. We will go and try to understand their life. Namaste
Focus on the solution https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4183364816...
There is an answer. It is plain and simple. If we invaded streets with 100 thousand medics, just like the military's we would solve the problem. It is battleground conditions. Army medics are trained in such. They can even deal with psych.