Locked Out, Locked Up: Uncovering the Criminalization of Homelessness
What do you do when your very existence breaks the law? This is a disturbingly important question for homeless individuals in all 50 states, where laws criminalizing public encampments, food sharing, sitting on the sidewalk, and more make homeless living illegal and often impossible.
What we’ll discuss
– What type of misdemeanors/crimes are people experiencing homelessness being arrested for?
– What laws exist that target those living without homes in cities?
– What are the impacts of this criminalization of homelessness individuals?
– What is being done — and what can you do — to help?
Tyrone Roper, the Assoc. Director of Criminal Justice at Behavioral Health System Baltimore
Jennie Simpson, a Public Health Analyst at Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Ann Marie Staudenmaier, a Staff Attorney from Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless