Current Controversies: Homelessness and Street Crime, 1st Edition

  • Pete Schauer
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  • ISBN-10: 1534500960
  • ISBN-13: 9781534500969
  • DDC: 364.2
  • Grade Level Range: 10th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 240 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released March 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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Hundreds of thousands of Americans are without a home, sleeping on streets or in temporary shelters. Nearly one-fifth of homeless Americans suffer from an untreated mental illness. Due in part to reductions in state and city budgets, many who need assistance are left to live on the street. One natural byproduct of a life on the street is criminal behavior, as adaptation to illegal acts becomes a matter of survival. Could ending homelessness reduce crime? What are ways in which that could be achieved, and whose responsibility is it? Are the homeless being unfairly blamed for street crime? This volume offers a close examination of the issue from a variety of viewpoints.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Does Being Homeless Lead to a Life of Street Crime?.
1: Overview: The Homeless Often Have to Commit Petty Crimes in Order to Survive.
2: There Are Numerous Factors That Lead to Youth Being Homeless.
3: Parental Abuse and Violence Lead to Future Crime and Homelessness for Youth.
4: Untreated Mental Illness Is Connected to Homelessness and Criminal Activity.
5: More Needs to Be Done to Help the Homeless.
6: The Homeless Have Many Crimes Committed Against Them.
Are the Homeless More Likely to Be Found Guilty of a Crime?.
7: Overview: There Is a Direct Correlation Between Homelessness and Crime.
8: Fees and Fines Don't Allow the Homeless to Catch Up.
9: Poverty and the Criminal Justice System Go Hand in Hand.
10: Homeless People Are More Susceptible to Public Order Offenses.
11: Homelessness Being a Crime Is the Real Crime.
12: Untreated Mental Illness Is a Gateway to Homelessness.
13: The Link Between Homelessness and Criminal Involvement Isn't Black and White.
Do We Have a Responsibility to Help the Homeless?.
14: Overview: Health, Safety, and Education Are Crucial to a Successful Society.
15: The Government Has a Responsibility to Help the Homeless.
16: The Government Can't Do It Alone.
17: The Wealthy Need to Step Up.
18: Government Funded Shelter Isn't as Crucial as We Think.
19: People from All Walks of Life Can End Up on the Street.
20: Even the Wealthy Can Become Homeless.
Would Ending Homelessness Help Reduce Street Crime?.
21: Overview: There's a Two-Way Cycle Between Homelessness and Crime.
22: Santa Ana Sees the Direct Correlation Between Homelessness and Crime.
23: Spending Time in Prison Increases the Risk of Becoming Homeless.
24: Repeat Offenders Drive Crime.
25: Homelessness Is the Crime in Some Places.
26: The Homeless Aren't Any More Likely to Commit Crime.
Organizations to Contact.