Month: May 2018

Denver City Officials go on defense against DU Report on the Criminalization

Denver City Officials go on defense against DU Recent Report on the Criminalization of Homelessness in Colorado

The City of Denver took issue with many points made in the report the University of Denver Sturm College of Law just released. As usually they attempted to justify treating homeless people like criminals and like trash by taking credit for all the work other organizations are doing (like our tiny home village) and saying how many mats they can put in a warhorse that they are more than happy to bus homeless people off to. Westword has printed both side’s positions in whole:

http://www.westword.com/news/denver-and-the-university-of-denver-disagree-over-findings-in-explosive-homeless-report-10295421

In Summary…

“[T]he University of Denver’s main reaction to the city’s pushback against its report: “Lifting people up with services that, though commendable, fall short of the need, and at the same time pushing people down with laws that criminalize homelessness, does not warrant praise without critique. Too High a Price Two acknowledges Denver has made some good efforts to address homelessness, but points out, rightfully, that those efforts pale in comparison to the harm perpetrated against the city’s homeless residents through move on orders, tickets, and jail time.”

The City’s lies must be seen for what they are. Lies. 

Denver University Law Report Show Massive Increase in Criminalization of Homelessness in Colorado Cities

Denver University Law Report Show Massive Increase in Criminalization of Homelessness in Colorado Cities
Debbie Brady of DHOL announces DU Professor Nantiya Ruan at Release Event
At least 80 people came to the release of the new Too High a Price 2 report on the criminalization of homelessness in Colorado today, May 7th at the Denver Homeless Out Loud offices to hear the findings, eat pizza, and/or get gear like sleeping bags and tarps to illegally use to sleep at night outside.

The new research report by DU Sturm College of Law shows a massive increase in criminalizing homelessness over the past two years since their first report came out.

You can read the full report Too High a Price 2 here https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3174780.
Here are three of the key findings from the report:
  • The overall number of anti-homelessness ordinances has increased. Between Denver, Colorado Springs, and Boulder, there are at least thirty-seven ordinances that criminalize behaviors associated with people experiencing homelessness. Since Too High a Price was first released, Colorado Springs has added one new anti-homeless ordinance and Denver Law students found four additional ordinances in Denver.
  • Colorado Springs and Boulder have increased the number of citations issued under camping bans. In 2017, Boulder issued 376 citations under its camping ban ordinance. Of those 376 citations, an incredible 81.9% were issued to homeless individuals. Additionally, Colorado Springs increased its enforcement of its two camping bans by a staggering 545% over the span of three years.
  • Denver’s use of move-on orders has skyrocketed at an alarming rate.
    In 2016 alone, Denver law enforcement made contact with over 5,000 people in move-on encounters. Denver police increased its contact with homeless individuals through the use of street checks by 475% in the span of three years.

Too High a Price 2 Comes out on Monday May 7th 12noon at DHOL

And on top of that you can get these things while the supplies last…!

Copies of the New Report, Food, Sleeping bags, Tarps, Coats, Various Warm Gear, Hygiene Kits, and more…

Lunch will be served!

University of Denver law students publish follow-up report on the increased criminalization of homelessness in Colorado
Report highlights effects of criminalizing life-sustaining activities on Colorado’s homeless

 

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law’s Homeless Advocacy Policy Project (HAPP) has published new research on how Colorado policymakers continue to criminalize homelessness in a new report titled Too High a Price 2: Move On to Where?

 

In 2016, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law published the groundbreaking report Too High A Price: What Criminalizing Homelessness Costs Colorado. Too High a Price 2 continues the work of that report, and provides a comprehensive look at how municipal ordinances across Colorado disproportionately affect the homeless population in Colorado Springs, Denver and Boulder.

 

“Despite the concerns expressed in Too High A Price, Colorado policymakers have continued to address ‘visible poverty’ in their cities by enacting and enforcing ‘quality of life’ ordinances,” says Nantiya Ruan, professor of the practice of law and faculty advisor for HAPP. “These ordinances typically prohibit life-sustaining behaviors that homeless individuals need to survive, such as sitting, sleeping, camping, and panhandling in public places.”

 

In the process of examining Colorado’s ever-increasing criminalization of homelessness, Denver Law students found that law enforcement frequently issues “move-on” orders in an effort to remove visible signs of poverty from its city streets. At first glance, these move-on orders may seem like a viable alternative to outright criminalization. However, with the extreme decline in affordable housing and the lack of emergency shelter space to accommodate Colorado’s growing homeless population, these move-on orders leave homeless people with nowhere to go.

 

The Denver Law student authors of Too High A Price 2 will present the report’s methodology and conclusions and answer questions at a press event on Monday, May 7, from noon-1:30 p.m. at 2260 California St., Denver, CO 80205.

 

 

Key findings of Too High A Price 2 include:

 

  • The overall number of anti-homelessness ordinances has increased. Between Denver, Colorado Springs and Boulder, there are at least 37 ordinances that criminalize behaviors associated with people experiencing homelessness. Since Too High a Price was first released, Colorado Springs has added one new anti-homeless ordinance and Denver Law students found four additional ordinances in Denver.

 

  • Colorado Springs and Boulder have increased the number of citations issued under camping bans. In 2017, Boulder issued 376 citations under its camping ban ordinance. Of those 376 citations, an incredible 81.9% were issued to homeless individuals. Additionally, Colorado Springs increased its enforcement of its two camping bans by a staggering 545% over the span of three years.

 

  • Denver’s use of move-on orders has skyrocketed at an alarming rate. In 2016 alone, Denver law enforcement made contact with over 5,000 people in move-on encounters. Denver police increased its contact with homeless individuals through the use of street checks by 475% in the span of three years.

 

HAPP also worked in partnership with local community organizations, Denver Homeless Out Loud and Boulder Rights Watch, in authoring this report.

 

 

About the University of Denver:

The University of Denver: Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is committed to engaging with students in advancing scholarly inquiry, cultivating critical and creative thought, and generating knowledge. The University strives to educate the 21st-century citizens and leaders needed in its organizations and communities. For additional information, visit the University’s newsroom or follow the University on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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