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‘Stop pointless fines for homeless’

20 September 2007 - The police should stop giving pointless fines to homeless people, says GroenLinks council member Marieke van Doorninck in a paper to be discussed by the council tomorrow.

Recently, a journalist of het Parool was fined for sleeping on an Oosterpark bench. He was a victim of the zero tolerance approach used to discourage homeless people and drug addicts. People are fined for using drugs in public, for sitting on monuments or simply for hanging around.

According to Van Doorninck, the homeless generally cannot pay the fines. Eventually, they end up in jail, further exacerbating their problems. The debts they build up will also make it very difficult for them to obtain a house, since housing corporations are reluctant to accept tenants who have debts.

Van Doorninck describes the support for homeless people as ‘Kafkaesque’. For example, a young man who was released after one year in jail was to report to a mentor in the city centre. “Mohammed is standing alone at the prison gate, with no ID and no money. In order to reach his mentor, he has to commit at least two offences: travelling without a ticket and without an ID”.

Social workers are required to work in a very bureaucratic way, forcing the homeless into a passive role, Van Doorninck says. She suggests that civil servants work as volunteers at homeless shelters at the 2 and 3 November Make a Difference Days.

Illustration: protest of MDHG members (photo MDHG). GroenLinks paper (in Dutch)


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