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No Fixed Abode: The Continuum of Policing and Incarcerating the Homeless

Cooper, Vickie (2017). No Fixed Abode: The Continuum of Policing and Incarcerating the Homeless. Policing: a journal of policy and practice, 11(1) pp. 29–38.

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In the overzealous drive to criminalize and target the homeless for offences that are mostly related to their poverty status, this article makes the argument that homelessness produces targets for policing, and by extension, punishment. Drawing upon empirical evidence carried out in England, this article highlights the challenges that having no fixed abode presents within the criminal justice system. Looking at how homelessness impacts upon individual experiences in the criminal justice system, including pre-trial imprisonment, conviction and probation, this article argues that the resort to incarcerating homeless populations cannot be separated from the rise in policing and enforcement strategies that result in the disproportionate number of arrests and prosecutions of unhoused populations.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 The Author
ISSN: 1752-4512
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 47077
Depositing User: Victoria Cooper
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2016 09:39
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2017 09:58
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