Why are private prison officials trying to criminalize the homeless?

In Japan, only facilities under the jurisdiction of the

Correction Bureau of the Ministry of Justice are used, but in Australia, France, etc., private prisons are operated by private third parties under contract with the government. Private prisons are also operated in the United States, but the private prison industry has become the strongest force nationwide to promote the ``law that punishes the homeless as a crime'', which leads to great racism. , Invisible People , a non-profit organization that works for homeless people, is suing.

Private Prisons Are Behind the Push for Homeless Criminalization - Invisible People

Criminalization of Homelessness is Racially Discriminatory - National Homelessness Law Center

Invisible People writer Kayla Robbins warns that the private prison industry is pushing legislation criminalizing homelessness just for profit. Private prisons receive subsidies from the government on a per-inmate basis, so 'the simple math is that the more people in prison, the more money the for-profit entities that run private prisons make.' said Robbins. Also, since 40% of America's homeless are black, laws criminalizing the homeless will also be a serious racism that unfairly imprisons blacks and people of color, Robbins said.

People and organizations promoting homeless crime laws act as if they are acting in response to popular voices such as ``I'm worried that there are homeless people in the city,'' but behind these are billionaire Joe.・ Mr. Robbins points out that there is a conservative think tank founded by Mr.

Lonsdale and has invested heavily in the private prison industry.

There is a framework called `` Housing First '' that tries to give homes to people who are homeless based on the idea of `` housing is a right '', but the Cicero Institute has a huge amount of time and money to counter this housing first method. It is said that it is spending Robbins said, ``Housing First has been successful in getting people off the streets and out of prison, which means less profit for millionaires.'' increase.

The Cicero Institute also has a strong lobbying campaign. Many states such as Texas, Missouri, and Tennessee have signed agreements with the Cicero Institute, and are said to be close to enacting ways to remove the homeless from the city by putting them in jail. The law has specific language that criminalizes people who sleep in public places, and even leads to the incarceration of people with mental illness into prisons or similar mental health facilities. Content is also included.

The Criminalization of Homelessness Act has been condemned by the United Nations Commission on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination as 'a minority who is most affected by homelessness and a perpetuating discriminatory effect'. In August 2022, the Commission on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination calls on the U.S. government to take corrective action after hearings on state and local laws regarding the criminalization of homelessness.

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