TACKLE THE HOMELESS CRISIS
California’s homeless problem is actually a public health and safety crisis, contributing to drug addiction, crime, blight and infectious diseases like measles, TB, typhoid fever and now COVID-19.
We agree with much of what Dr. Drew Pinsky has to say on the subject, including that Prop. 47 has made the matter much worse: “Many drug felonies have been dropped down to misdemeanors that have no other penalty than a ticket…and how do you send a ticket to a homeless person? Not only do the sentencing laws reduce consequences for offenders and embolden open, addictive drug use, they also end up putting more homeless people onto the streets … where they know they can live without fear of arrest or hassle from local authorities and can steal up to $950/day without being arrested.”
Prop. 47 also allows the mentally ill or other addicts to refuse treatment, making California’s highly successful Drug Courts virtually useless. Pinsky points out that when given a choice, nearly 80 percent of addicts refuse help, yet Prop. 47 eliminated any incentive to choose treatment.