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Should the city impose sanctions on the homeless for unruly behavior?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on February 13, 2005

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Photo of Terry Stutzman

“Absolutely, because it is totally unnecessary, just like it would be for anyone else. They don’t tolerate it with other people, and the homeless should be treated equally.”

Photo of Mike MacFarland

“My personal opinion is that I don’t hear anyone talking about imposing sanctions on college students for the same type of behavior. I don’t want to see Lawrence ‘Disneyfied’ like Times Square in New York.”

Photo of Kendra Shamburg

“I don’t think they should make a law about it. Maybe they should enforce that they reside at a shelter instead of on the street.”

Photo of Mark Weeks

“Yes. I’ve never personally had a problem with it, but I have always been concerned that if there wasn’t anything in the city codes then there would be nothing to discourage them from it.”


mr_daniels 13 years, 2 months ago

Yes they should...and what about Ward Churchill?

jonas 13 years, 2 months ago

Are existing rules governing such types of behavior inadequate, or simply underenforced, I wonder.

Richard Heckler 13 years, 2 months ago

What kind of sanctions can they truly impose? Locking them up could cost taxpayers $100's of dollars a day. When the bars shut down there are probaly some "unruly" people with homes. The Lawrence police dept usually has more of presence downtown that anywhere in Lawrence.

The LPD knows most of the homeless folks and likely know where they are...more so than you think. Until they violate or are seen violating laws the police cannot do anything. Until then everybody has rights.

What exactly is unruly behavior? I think killing tens of thousands of innocent Iraq women and children is unruly behavior and to others people being loud,boistrous and speaking profanity while downtown is unruly. The LPD is doing all it can legally do. Would you rather have the LPD be working on a mass breaking and entering case or be more concerned about unruly home and homeless people who are not breaking laws?

squirly 13 years, 2 months ago

Well, I don't think that "imposing sanctions" against the homeless is something that would work very well... the city would end up losing lots of money trying to enforce such a rule.

That said, it would be nice if I could do something about the man who likes to stand outside my bedroom window and scream obscenities at no one that I can see. Not a pleasant way to greet the day, let me tell ya.

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