Marisa Westbrook, PhD student in Health and Behavioral Sciences, spoke recently about how camping bans and move along orders from police impact the Denver homeless community. “People are achieving very little sleep and only sleeping in short bursts and they’re particularly stressed about the potential encounters with law enforcement, not just the repercussions of actual encounters with law enforcement. People are then seeking out less visible areas and moving along towards areas were the maybe more vulnerable to assault or physical bodily threat,” Westbrook said.
Criminalizing homelessness has a human cost, researchers say
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