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Should People With Criminal Histories Be Banned From Public Housing?

We often talk about the “three-strikes rules” that came about in the 1990s—“tough on crime” federal laws that remanded people convicted of three felony convictions to life in prison.

Only one strike is needed, in many circumstances, however, to get banned from public housing. Full Article

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  1. Q

    “Should People With Criminal Histories Be Banned From Public Housing?”

    I think not; especially because of the fact that this country has 5% of the people in the world and 25% of it’s prisoners. This country destroys more lives by way of their so called “justice system. Most people refer to it as the “state prison industrial complex.”

    Most of the victims of said “state prison industrial complex” have wives and children. That means they would be denied housing assistance also. Does anyone think they would stop there? I don’t think so, as this nation is run by mad men/women who thrive on the dollars the arms industry and wars brings in. They will grab all they can and it still won’t be enough.

    The leaders of this land should take heed of the warning from God they just received through the Pope.

    https://theintercept.com/2015/09/24/pope-decries-shameful-culpable-silence-arms-sales-drenched-innocent-blood/

  2. Janice Bellucci

    Banning people from living in public housing is a bad idea. Registered citizens often have reduced incomes which in turn reduces their ability to rent a place to live. The sensible solution therefore is to provide, rather than ban, registrants with public housing.

  3. KangaroOCourt

    Implement changes now.
    It would be in the public interest to know where your registry of citizens actually live…
    Also the benefit of less crime when facts show and prove far less relapse than others…
    It would be in the public interest for HUD assistance to apply especially to state registered citizens…
    Isn’t that why you have a public policy of ‘registered’ so you know where they live…? HUD assistance should apply OR one’s alleged past not be considered for housing with HUD.
    Changes…reforms to housing are indeed needed now…
    Its in the public interest to do so.

    • Timmr

      Isn’t that why you have a public policy of ‘registered’ so you know where they live…?
      That is the stated reason for the registry, but clearly the policy in practice going way beyond that is to exclude registered citizens from society, therefore to extend punishment for past crimes.

  4. ex sex offender

    Why hasn’t the ACLU or Janice Bellucci filed a class action lawsuit on this !!!

    • M Paul

      Re the ACLU, I would hope they will act soon on this and many other laws. As for Janice, she is fighting many legal battles for the registered community. Unfortunately, she is only one person, not an army. Nobody can question her desire to fight every single one of these laws. She does an amazing job with those she can get to. I just wish we had some way to clone her.

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