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Targeting the Homeless

Constructive Alternatives to Criminalization Measures in U.S. Cities

By Tulin Ozdeger

As homelessness has increased during the past three decades, many cities across the United States have implemented measures that criminalize homelessness. These measures typically use police resources and the criminal justice system to punish homeless people for their status. Advocates need to be aware of what measures cities use to target the homeless, problems with criminalizing homelessness, and constructive alternatives to criminalization.

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