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Anti-Homeless Laws ‘Criminalize’ Poverty, Says Colorado Study

Colorado has stepped up measures to force homeless individuals off the streets, even though many police and municipal authorities concede such measures do little to address the poverty and high housing costs that fuel the state’s homelessness “crisis,” according to a study by the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

“Despite some city officials acknowledging that issuing citations does nothing to solve the homeless crisis, our research reveals that city actors continue to criminalize homelessness,” the study said.

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