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The Drug Court Model as a Response to "Broken Windows" Criminal Justice for the Homeless Mentally Ill
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This Comment examines the current trend toward criminalization of homeless people and its impact on the mentally ill among them, and argues that drug treatment courts provide the best model for striking a balance between the "Giuliani approach" to the homeless mentally ill and opposing civil rights arguments. New York City, as governed by former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's administration, illustrates the effects of criminalization as an ill-fitting solution to the city's homelessness crisis. The general academic consensus is that this approach is merely a band-aid social to the more complex social and economic issues that force increasing numbers of Americans into the streets. But despite almost universal condemnation of criminalization, no consensus exists as to the best alternative means to address homelessness. (Author)
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