Homelessness and Handcuffs

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A look at the cost (in)effectiveness of criminalizing homeless survival activities in Indianapolis

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Homelessness and Handcuffs Criminalizing Homelessness in Indianapolis *Photo found at Tabet, K. (2009)

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U.S. cities have shown an increasing trend in the passage of laws that make survival activities for people experiencing homelessness illegal Zuhl, J. (2008).

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Indianapolis is no exception… Hermann, P. (2009).

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Panhandling is a misdemeanor National Coalition for the Homeless & The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. (2006). City Invincible. (2008).

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There are laws against: National Coalition for the Homeless & the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. (2006). Fairbanks, L. (2009). Sleeping in certain public places

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There are laws against: National Coalition for the Homeless & the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. (2006). Living Homeless [Online Image]. (2007). Camping in certain public places

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There are laws against: National Coalition for the Homeless & the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. (2006). Austin, D. (2008). Loitering, littering, and vagrancy

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Curfews are another way to punish people without homes for being homeless National Coalition for the Homeless & the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. (2006). Solomon, B. (2009).

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So what are the real effects of criminalizing survival activities?

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Got Trouble. (2009). Fisher, D. (2009). It becomes even more difficult for a person with a record to find employment and housing

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Center for Health Policy. (2007). Emrys. (2004). Each criminal justice encounter (arrest or jail) has an estimated cost of $2,077 On average, a chronically homeless person will have 5 such encounters There are around 500 chronically homeless people in Indianapolis

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This means that nearly a million dollars is being spent on arresting and jailing chronically homeless people each year Center for Health Policy. (2007) Mikulan, S. (1950).

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That’s three times the budget in which Shalom Community Center operates Shalom Community Center. (2009) Mikulan, S. (1950).

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National Coalition for the Homeless & The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. (2006). Nyberg, C. (No date). These laws to stop people from sleeping, camping, and existing are being enacted in an economy where more people are seeking emergency shelter space that does not exist

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It is a system where of requests for shelter go unmet National Coalition for the Homeless & The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. (2006). Nyberg, C. (No date). 16%

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Does this fit in with your notion of justice? Hiding the homeless: Super bowl edition. (2009).

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What would happen if these funds were redirected into services for people experiencing homelessness? Hiding the homeless: Super bowl edition. (2009).

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Works Cited Austin, D. (Photographer). (2008). Homeless arrest, [Online Image]. Retrieved on December 3, 2009 fromhttp://blog.oregonlive.com/breakingnews/2008/05/homeless.jpg Cash, J. (Writer and Performer). (1968). Starkville City Jail [Sound Recording]. In Live at Folsom Prison . New York: Colombia Records. Center for Health Policy. (2007). Serving the homeless could save taxpayers dollars . Retrieved on November 29, 2009 from http://policyinstitute.iu.edu/PubsPDFs/251_Homeless.pdf City Invincible. (2008). Homeless panhandling , [Online Image]. Retrieved on December 3, 2009 from http://i.usatoday.net/news/_photos/2008/01/22/panhandlerx-large.jpg Emrys (Photographer). (2004). Homeless arrest , [Online Image]. Retrieved on December 3, 2009 from http://arizona.indymedia.org/uploads/2004/11/arrest.jpgx324ek.jpg Fairbanks, L. (Photographer). (2009). Homeless person sleeping on bench , [Online Image]. Retrieved on December 3, 2009 from http://www.lifestylermag.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/935764_30449266.jpg Fisher, D. (Photographer). (2009). Jobless, homeless, please help, [Online Image]. Retrieved on December 3, 2009 from http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3323/3342132359_fd04bc0f75.jpg Got Trouble? (2009). It’s no crime to be homeless-Or is it? Indiana . Retrieved on November 29, 2009 from http://guides.gottrouble.com/Its_No_Crime_To_Be_Homeless_%E2%80%93_Or_Is_It_Indiana-r1186096-Indiana.html Hermann, P. (Photographer). (2009). Homeless arrest , [Online Image]. Retrieved on December 3, 2009 from http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/blog/NORRIS%20RIDE%20ALONG%20F%20FERRON.jpg Hiding the homeless: Super bowl edition . (2009). Retrieved on December 3, 2009 from http://deeperwants.com/ratboys_anvil_2/arrest_2.jpg Living Homeless [Online Image]. (2007). Retrieved on December 3, 2009 from http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1203/542687502_bbd54b26b5.jpg

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Works Cited, Continued Mikulan, S. (Photographer). (1950). Hangover morning after Christmas in L.A. County jail drunk tank . Retrieved on December 3, 2009 from http://blogs.laweekly.com/ladaily/assets_c/2008/12/clusc_8_1_00328428a_j-thumb-450x324.jpg National Coalition for the Homeless & The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. (2006). A dream denied: The criminalization of homelessness in U.S. cities . Retrieved on November 29, 2009 from http://www.nationalhomeless.org/publications/crimreport/report.pdf Nyberg, C. (Photographer). (No date). Homeless arrest . Retrieved on December 3, 2009 from http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://violettespage.com/arrest.jpg&imgrefurl=http://violettespage.com/2006/01/suggestion-for-preventing-police.shtml&usg=__veQZ3YaUyOB1THekrIcugKMOOkg=&h=596&w=876&sz=122&hl=en&start=11&um=1&tbnid=aLVwOKWMfVTBVM:&tbnh=99&tbnw=146&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dhomeless%2Barrest%26ndsp%3D18%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26um%3D1 Shalom Community Center. (2009). Agency report for 2008. Retrieved on December 4, 2009. Solomon, B. (Photographer). (2009). Curfew Sign, [Online Image]. Retrieved on December 3, 2009 from http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_JpJR_J-5GyQ/SgmPN81aQ9I/AAAAAAAACvg/TqfrWu2D3FU/s400/curfew.jpg Tabet, K. (Photographer). (2009). Homeless arrest , [Online Image]. Retrieved on December 3, 2009 from http://www.javno.com/slike/slike_3/r1/g2008/m06/y173202223494608.jpg Zuhl, J. (Photographer). (2008). Homeless person sleeping outside , [Online Image]. Retrieved on December 3, 2009 from http://streetroots.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/cityhall21.jpg

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