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Handcuffed access:Homelessness and the justice system
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There is growing documentation, within geography, regarding the regulation of public space and the effects of such legislation on the behavior and use of public space by people who are homeless, poor, and other marginalized people in urban centers. This study uses data from a 2005 study on the regulation of public space and criminalization of homelessness in Vancouver, Canada. An investigation is performed to show how people who are homeless view their relationship with the justice system. Quantitative data are presented that illustrate that people who are homeless are victimized at a high rate, yet they rarely seek help from the justice system. Then, with the aid of qualitative data, this study investigated the reasons people who are homeless give for their relationship with the justice system. Although organized along a variety of themes, the underlying theme is one in which people who are homeless view the law as a force that works against them, rather than working for them.
Journal
2010
Urban Geography
31
6
825-841