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The Homeless: A Criminal Menace

Posted on | September 26, 2013 | 21 Comments

A 21-year-old woman was seriously injured Wednesday in White Plains, N.Y., when a homeless man who had been panhandling at the train station pushed her in front of a commuter train:

The suspect — Howard J. Mickens, 39, who lives in a White Plains shelter — was charged with second-degree attempted homicide, police told 1010 WINS.
The victim, who was not identified, was being treated at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.
The victim is a Hunter College student.

Like so many of the “homeless,” Mickens is a career criminal:

According to MTA police, Mickens has 11 previous arrests, including five that were described as alleged violent felonies. He has several convictions, but officials could not provide an exact number.

Most people don’t realize that, according to some studies, about half of the “homeless” population have criminal records. Many others have substance-abuse issues or are mentally ill. I described the extent of this problem in an article 10 years ago:

A survey conducted [in 2001] by the Boston Rescue Mission found that 49 percent of their clients said they had criminal records, and 32 percent said they had spent time in prison, while 12 percent said they were discharged directly from a prison to a shelter.
A study in Cambridge, Mass., found that the homeless, though 0.5 percent of the population, accounted for 10 percent of all arrests during a two-year period — including 40 arrests for assault or aggravated assault, 18 for burglary, eight for robbery, 54 for shoplifting, 18 for sale or possession of narcotics, and one for rape.
In Los Angeles, a police sweep of the homeless in December [2002] resulted in 214 arrests, including the capture of more than 100 parole violators.

Why can’t we do anything about this problem? Because the liberal media won’t tell the truth about it, that’s why. By presenting the “homeless” as helpless victims of society, the media create sympathy for dopeheads, nutjobs and thugs who are a persistent menace to public safety and need to be locked up somewhere.



  • Jeanette Victoria

    Most of the Homeless are mentally ill, they take drugs to self-medicate and commit petty crimes to get those drugs. The ACLU and President Kennedy thought the mentally ill should have the right to live on the street and dumpster dive and terrorize the sane. Which why we now have the deranged coming mass shooting and attacking people at random on the streets and the MSM covering that fact up.

  • Mm

    Clayton Cramer has written a book about this problem, called “My Brother Ron.” Cramer has lived this story.

  • sarah wells

    “…about half of the “homeless” population have criminal records. Many others have substance-abuse issues or are mentally ill. ”

    The criminals are usually substance-abusing mentally ill. I might part ways with many of my conservative friends on this point, but one, maybe one of the very few, social programs I could get behind is coerced monitoring, treatment, or confinement for any refractory case.

  • RS

    I get very queasy when discussing options regarding disposition of the mentally ill homeless. I haven’t raw numbers to gauge the extent of the problem. In other words, what percentage of the population would fit the description as “mentally ill, homeless and a danger to others?” The reason I get queasy is that any number of governments in recent history have abused the definition of “mentally ill,” in order to institutionalize dissenters. We see it now, when one attempts to discuss any controversial issue. The entity designated by the Left and its propagandists are dismissed with language drawn straight from any number of Psych 101 texts. The invective cast at climate change “deniers” comes to mind immediately. With medical professionals soon to be inducted into the government’s “Health Stasi,” I don’t think the worry is too far-fetched. If we wish to live in a free country with minimal government intrusion into our autonomy, we have to be willing to accept the downside to that. There will be evil; there will be bad things happen. I’d rather risk that than risk being declared “asocial” or mentally ill and shucked off to involuntary psychiatric treatment for refusing to bow down to the all powerful state.

  • Wombat_socho

    I don’t think you’d actually get much of an argument from most conservatives, or even the Ron/Rand Paul libertarians.

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