No Access to Justice: Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness and Jail
Date:  08-22-2020

The criminalization of homelessness leads to a never-ending cycle that shuffles people from the streets to the jail and back again
From Vera Institute of Justice:

On any given night in the United States, more than 550,000 people experience homelessness. The U.S. legal system criminalizes survival behaviors associated with homelessness and fails to acknowledge that people who are homeless face impossible odds within the legal process. Black people, who already face a disproportionate risk of homelessness, are exposed to even greater disproportionate levels of policing after becoming homeless.

This report outlines the ways in which people experiencing homelessness are vulnerable within the system and how this leads to negative outcomes at each justice system decision point. It also highlights the urgent need for alternate approaches to break the cycle. In a year when the United States is weathering an unprecedented public health crisis, it is more important than ever that jurisdictions implement policies that prioritize safety, health, and justice for all.

Read the full report here.