Policing Matters Podcast: Homelessness and the police

Jim and Doug discuss ways in which law enforcement has become the primary provider of social support services to homeless across the country


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When citizens are fearful of being harassed or assaulted by indigent people living on the streets, they retreat from normal social interaction and leave a vacuum into which criminal elements can take up residence. When cities are faced with widespread homelessness whole neighborhoods can slip into decline. Jim and Doug discuss ways in which law enforcement has become the primary provider of social support services to homeless across the country, and the consequences of that fact. 

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