Category Archives: Reports

New Article: “Punishing the Poorest: How the Criminalization of Homelessness Perpetuates Poverty in San Francisco”

New Article: Chris Herring & Dilara Yarbrough, Punishing the Poorest: How the Criminalization of Homelessness Perpetuates Poverty in San Francisco, SSRN June 2015.  Abstract below:

This report details the effects of criminalization on the homeless residents of San Francisco. Since 1981, San Francisco has passed more local measures to criminalize sleeping, sitting, or panhandling in public spaces than any other city in the state of California. During this same period, the United States has experienced the greatest expansion of its jail and prison system under any democracy in history. This expansion has primarily affected the poorest members of this society. This report documents and analyzes the impacts of the rising tide of anti-homeless laws in our era of mass incarceration on those experiencing homelessness in San Francisco.

This portrait of the impact of criminalization on homelessness in San Francisco is based on a citywide survey of 351 homeless individuals and 43 in-depth interviews carried out by volunteers at the Coalition on Homelessness and supervised by researchers at the UC Berkeley Center on Human Rights. It also analyzes data on policy, citations, and arrests received from the San Francisco Police Department, the Sheriff ’s Office, the Human Services Agency, and the Recreation and Park Department. The report provides an in-depth analysis of each step in the criminalization of homelessness — from interactions with law enforcement, to the issuance and processing of citations, to incarceration and release. The study makes evident how criminalization not only fails to reduce homelessness in public space, but also perpetuates homelessness, racial and gender inequality, and poverty even once one has exited homelessness.

The aim of this study is to provide sound empirical data on the impacts of the criminalization of homelessness in San Francisco, while also giving voice to the experiences of those whose housing status results in their regularly being processed through the city’s criminal justice system. Our hope is that these findings will inform public discussions and provide the basis for thoughtful policy approaches to these issues.

New Report: “ABA Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education Report”

New Report: “ABA Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education Report,” 2015.

Policy Brief “Income Support May Reduce Violence for Poor Families”

Policy Brief: Katherine Maurer, Income Support May Reduce Violence for Poor Families, Center for Poverty Research – Davis, 2015.

New Pathways Magazine: “Hispanics in America”

New Pathways Magazine: “Hispanics in America: A Report Card on Poverty, Mobility, and Assimilation,” Spring 2015 [Pathways is a magazine produced by the Stanford Center on Poverty & Inequality].

New Report: “The Poor Get Prison: The Alarming Spread of the Criminalization of Poverty”

IPS-The-Poor-Get-Prison-Cover-309x400New Report: Karen Dolan & Jodi L. Carr, The Poor Get Prison: The Alarming Spread of the Criminalization of Poverty (Inst. for Pol’y Stud. 2015).

New Report: “Why Is There So Much Poverty in California?”

New Report: David B. Grusky et al., Why Is There So Much Poverty in California?: The Causes of California’s Sky-High Poverty and the Evidence Behind the Equal Opportunity Plan for Reducing It (Stan. Center on Poverty and Inequality 2015).

New Report/Article: “Reaching the Rich World’s Poorest Consumers”

New Report: Muhammad Yunus, Frédéric Dalsace, David Menascé & Bénédicte Faivre-Tavignot, Reaching the Rich World’s Poorest Consumers, Harvard Business Review, Mar. 2015.  [Note, the first author is the famous founder of the Grameen Bank and a winner of the Nobel Prize.]

New Report: “Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job”

New Report: OSHA, Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job (2015).

Four New Reports from Seattle University School of Law’s Homeless Rights Advocacy Project

Olson, Justin and MacDonald, Scott, Washington’s War on the Visibly Poor: A Survey of Criminalizing Ordinances & Their Enforcement (May 6, 2015). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2602318

Howard, Joshua and Tran, David, At What Cost: The Minimum Cost of Criminalizing Homelessness in Seattle and Spokane (May 6, 2015). Available at SSRN:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=2602530

Lurie, Kaya and Schuster, Breanne, Discrimination at the Margins: The Intersectionality of Homelessness And Other Marginalized Groups (May 6, 2015). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2602532

Ortiz, Javier and Dick, Matthew, The Wrong Side of History: A Comparison of Modern and Historical Criminalization Laws (May 6, 2015). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2602533

-Congrats to Sara Rankin and her students for this work!  =)

New Report: “A Subsidized Jobs Program for the 21st Century: Unlocking Labor-Market Opportunities for All Who Seek Work”

New Report: Rachel West, Rebecca Vallas & Melissa Boteach, A Subsidized Jobs Program for the 21st Century: Unlocking Labor-Market Opportunities for All Who Seek Work (Center for American Progress 2015).