Punishing the Poorest: How the Criminalization of Homelessness Perpetuates Poverty in San Francisco

Punishing the Poorest: How the Criminalization of Homelessness Perpetuates Poverty in San Francisco

This report details the effects of criminalization on the homeless residents of San Francisco. Since 1981, San Francisco has passed more local measures to criminalize sleeping, sitting, or panhandling in public spaces than any other city in the state of California. During this same period, the United States has experienced the greatest expan- sion of its jail and prison system under any democracy in history. This expansion has primarily affected the poorest members of this society. This report documents and analyzes the impacts of the rising tide of anti-homeless laws in our era of mass incarceration on those experiencing homelessness in San Francisco.

ORGANIZATION: Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015
LOCATION: San Francisco, California, USA