Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Life on the streets gets harder

Three more people were arrested this past weekend on panhandling charges in Manatee County, while two more were arrested and charged with violating Bradenton's no-camping ordinance, according to reports.

Homeless advocates continue to criticize the two ordinances as being reactive policies that do not help solve homelessness.

Is it really a good idea to shift more homeless people into the criminal justice system? After all, a criminal record only decreases their chances of becoming productive citizens.

Read the Bradenton Herald story here.


At 4:14 PM, Blogger Vox Populi said...

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At 4:18 PM, Blogger Vox Populi said...

Why can't we work just as hard to pass laws making these laws obsolete? It should be CRIMINAL to make criminals of the homeless.

4:14 PM

It is the governing of this state that is making them homeless in the first place. They are trying to force me and have forced MANY from their home in Tampa and I am sure --- all over the state. It's WRONG. Treating these people in this fashion is wrong. What do they expect them to do? I think we should build platforms and let them live in trees in the forest. I bet then they would pass another law. How is it, then that they are allowing the sexual predators to live outdoors and even provided bedding and probabtion officers and elec. capability for them? Treating predators better than homeless?? The point is: we're all equal. This is UNFAIR and unjust. I don't know how you do what you do and still have hair.


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