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Tyler Bass
Forbidden Knowledge TV
March 27, 2015

Brad Andrews was living the proverbial dream. He made six figures and had a wife and kids whom he loved. If you’re not like him, there’s a good chance that you want what he had.

But Andrews loved heroin, and that changed everything for the worse.

Most people who end up homeless like him got there due to drug addictions or mental illnesses. Now that America is shattering records for rates of incarceration, and as urbanization continues as an unabated global trend, the good news is that social workers and police officers in communities like Seattle, Wash. and Salt Lake City, Utah are trying to steer the homeless away from prison, and toward rehabilitation in deed and not just word.

And the reasons to support their efforts are as selfish as selfless.

Lloyd Pendleton, director of the Utah Homeless Task Force, said each year his state incurred costs of $20,000 per homeless person left out in the streets. “And so we realized we’re incurring those costs, anyway,” he said, “and there’s a much more humane and economic way to meet their needs.” The task force can house each person for $7,800 every year, a fraction of the cost of putting each person in prison.

This documentary showcases statistics that suggest that these kinds of housing initiatives can deter crime and even recidivism.

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