You cannot solve social problems like homelessness, mental illness and substance dependence with the heavy hand of law enforcement.
From 2012 to 2017, the number of people imprisoned in Australia grew by a third. This wasn’t in response to any crime wave, or any increase in crime at all. Over that same period, the United States has seen their prison rates fall.
What has been on the rise alongside this alarming trend is homelessness. Homelessness sits at the centre of a complex web of major social problems, including family violence, mental illness, racism, substance dependence and imprisonment.
Produced by the librarians at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Melbourne, Australia