From Newsweek: “Republican John Cox said Monday he intends to ‘force’ homeless individuals to get mental health treatment by using ‘the power of the courts’ if his bid to become California’s next governor is successful.
Legal experts on homelessness and mental health said Cox’s comments ‘distract from the real issues’ that cause homelessness while the proposal he unveiled to combat the issue in California presents other legal and financial problems.
‘This is essentially criminalization under the guise of providing compassionate services,’ said attorney Ron Hochbaum, a professor at the University of the Pacific’s Homeless Advocacy Clinic. ‘It’s important to acknowledge that it would never work.'”
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