Republican Candidate Proposes To Force Homeless Into Institutions

Travis Allen

Travis Allen, a Republican gubernatorial candidate in California, is proposing the idea of forcing homeless people into state-run facilities, even if it is against their will. This idea is a part of his political platform that he espouses during interviews, newspaper editorial meetings and public debates.

Allen's proposed idea is a response to the massive homelessness problem that has mushroomed in California in recent years. He believes that homeless people should be forced into institutions so that they can get the help that they need when it comes to mental illnesses and addictions.

His philosophy is that if a person is a citizen of California, and he/she is unable to find a proper dwelling, a dwelling will be provided for him/her. Any homeless person who is not a citizen of California should be made to leave the state. He thinks that people should no longer be allowed to sleep on the sides of freeways, under bridges and on sidewalks. The reason for this is that he feels that it makes neighborhoods less safe and more unsanitary. Allen said that if he was elected, he would require police officers to enforce loitering laws and anti-camping laws. Such laws are deemed as “criminalization of homelessness” by more liberal-minded people—especially those who are into social justice.

It seems pretty reasonable that Allen would want to institutionalize homeless people in order to give them the help that they need for their addictions and mental health problems. There is one issue, though: not every homeless person suffers from an addiction or a mental illness. Some homeless people are healthy human beings who just happened to end up on the street. It sounds like he is speaking about the homelessness issue in the context that every homeless person is mentally ill or addicted to drugs. So, what are his plans for California residents who are addiction free and mentally healthy? Is he implying that he wants to put healthy homeless people in mental institutions just for being homeless? Is he planning on forcing people who are dangerous and/or have serious problems in with people who don't? Why does he not acknowledge the fact that there are homeless people in California who are healthy?

Individuals who oppose Allen's proposal say that his plan is unconstitutional, considering the fact that there are various state and federal laws that bar the long term detention of people against their will. Some individuals may not necessarily oppose his proposal, but believe it to be unconstitutional.