Officials in Bakersfield, California, want to put homeless people in jail as a way of solving the ever-growing homelessness crisis.
Under radical new proposals, homeless people would be rounded up under the charges of misdemeanor drug offenses or potential trespassing and locked up.
Thefreethoughtproject.com reports: While this idea may appear ridiculous to those who can think outside of the police state, when your only tool is a hammer, everything, even innocent people down on their luck, begin to look like nails.
As the LA Times reports, this tactic would fly in the face of criminal justice reform over the last decade in California, as the state has leaned away from incarceration for low-level, nonviolent drug crimes. It also would counter mainstream thinking on preventing homelessness and addressing the reality of it.
According to the report, the plan is being spearheaded by Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood and Kern County Dist. Atty. Cynthia Zimmer. And, it has a lot of support.
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