By Max R. Weller
See for yourself by scrolling through Jail Listing with Charges for WEB As of 08/01/2014. Here’s what one of the 259 pages looks like:
I made it halfway through the entire listing, counting inmates clearly labeled as either homeless or transient (a dozen or so had no info listed for “arrestee address” and these I ignored), and stopped after page 130. It was becoming tedious.
I counted 58 homeless/transient inmates, with charges ranging from municipal offenses to sex assaults and murder and everything in between. And that’s just half of the jail listing!
Clearly, there is a problem here with a wildly disproportionate number of homeless/transient individuals committing crimes. They comprise less than 1% of Boulder County’s population (see Boulder County QuickFacts and 2014 Boulder County PIT to calculate it on your own), but they might represent as much as 25% of the jail population.
Even a cynic like the Homeless Philosopher is surprised by this.
All the more reason to STOP giving financial support to those do-gooders in the homeless shelter/services industry who enable this criminal element to grow and flourish in our fair city — to the detriment of everyone, including the majority of homeless people who behave decently.