✊🏼 Miami is dealing with the problem the right way. Read below.
Amid a growing national movement away from jailing people for low-level crimes — which critics say can trap defendants in a cycle of poverty and incarceration — Miami Beach has taken the opposite approach. Last January, after learning that the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office was routinely dropping charges for “quality of life” offenses such as drinking in public and entering a park after hours, Miami Beach hired its own prosecutor to target people who violate city laws. The program, which is the only one of its kind in Miami-Dade County, was part of a broader effort to address nuisance crimes. But despite residents’ complaints about rampant public drunkenness during spring break and other times that draw a lot of tourists, a review of the cases prosecuted by the new program shows that few tourists have been arrested and prosecuted for drinking in public or for other nuisance crimes. Instead, public records show, the majority of the cases have involved homeless people. An analysis of 212 cases prosecuted between mid-January and mid-August 2018 revealed that at least two-thirds involved a homeless defendant. WHY NOT HELP? LETS PROVIDE RESOURCES. LETS OFFER HELP. LETS DO THIS! ⭐️
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