Homelessness in America Essay

1783 Words May 31st, 2013 8 Pages
Homelessness in America Each country in the world is faced with various social issues that attract the interests of society and the government. Homelessness is an enormous issue that America has been dealing with for years. There are millions of people, including children, families, veterans, and the elderly who go day to day without food, water or any form of shelter. Mentally ill people also have a rough time out on the streets due to their state of confusion, which makes it dangerous for them, as well as others to be on the streets. Many of these people have had no choice but to become homeless. Economic problems such as being laid off work, or the rise in the cost of housing have lead people to live on the streets. While homeless …show more content…
“Authorities initially responded to the tramp crisis by passing draconian “ tramp acts,” vagrancy laws that made it a crime to wander without work. Instead of seeing the problem as one of wages and rent, middle-class observers interpreted the tramp as a product of “homelessness” in the cultural sense—men cut loose from the civilizing influences of home and family life” (Homelessness, 2009). Substance use is highly prevalent among homeless people as well. From a distributive point of view, this type of justice is not being served to the homeless people but is to the rest of society. It is the government’s responsibility to protect its citizens from danger. However there is no distributive justice served among homeless people because they are not treated fairly as the rest of society. Justice is also not served from a commutative perspective. Being that it rests on a social contract through the community, there is no social justice served to those who are homeless. Retributive justice is enforced when criminal justice officials throughout the community enforce the proper punishment. An example of retributive justice is the local laws in many cities that do not allow homeless people to sleep in public places such as the park or on street corners. Because of many of these regulations, many homeless people have begun living where they
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