The United States Is Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading to the Poor, U.N. Report Charges


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AlterNet / By Evelyn Nieves  
 

The United States Is Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading to the Poor, U.N. Report Charges

The UN Human Rights Committee says the U.S. should stop criminalizing homeless people for being homeless.

Photo Credit: CBS New York; Screenshot / YouTube.com

Jerome Murdough, a 56-year-old, mentally-ill homeless veteran, was just trying to stay alive during a New York City cold snap when he thought he found his spot: a stairwell leading to a roof in a Harlem public housing project.

But that desperate act set in motion a nightmare ride through New York’s criminal justice system that would end with Murdough dying of heat stroke in a Riker’s Island jail cell. New York officials now say the system failed Murdough every which way.

When he…

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