Jail can’t fix homelessness or substance use

A tent and debris are shown next to the Interstate 5 freeway in downtown Seattle on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Some Seattle residents complain the city isn't acting fast enough to address the crime, drug use, garbage and other problems associated with unauthorized encampments. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

This Crosscut opinion piece lays out an alternative to criminalizing homelessness and substance use disorders – including supportive housing and medication-assisted treatment.

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