Pervasive Penality: How the Criminalization of Poverty Perpetuates Homelessness

@article{Herring2019PervasivePH,
  title={Pervasive Penality: How the Criminalization of Poverty Perpetuates Homelessness},
  author={Chris Herring and Dilara Yarbrough and Lisa Marie Alatorre},
  journal={Social Problems},
  year={2019}
}
A growing literature examines the extent to which the criminal justice system perpetuates poverty and inequality. This research examines how anti-homeless laws produce various forms of police interactions that fall short of arrest, yet have wide-ranging impacts on the urban poor. Our analysis draws on a citywide survey of currently and recently homeless people, along with 43 in-depth interviews, to examine and reveal the mechanisms through which consistent punitive interactions, including move… 

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