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Sounds good to me since sleeping in the street is dangerous for everyone including drivers. They should sleep in the door entrances, on sidewalks and against buildings instead.

Posted by Touring | October 18, 2007 9:58 AM

I never know which way to go on stuff like this. Jailing drunks is actually not such a bad deal for the drunks, except that they can't drink in jail. And it would at least provide a budget number that could be compared to the cost of providing shelter -- legislators could argue the case for creating shelters and treatment facilities by comparing it to the cost of maintaining drunks in jail rather than having to rely on the intangibles of human suffering that prevail when you just leave people on the streets.

Posted by Judah | October 18, 2007 10:16 AM

Interesting interpretation of the Eight Amendment. I always assumed it applied to the punishment for crimes, not to the supposed unfairness of certain activities being crimes. How does this apply to street sweeps where the homeless are herded into shelters?

Posted by keshmeshi | October 18, 2007 10:49 AM

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