Pitman pens op-ed for BDN about homelessness law

Brad Pitman, assistant professor of sociology, wrote an op-ed for the Bangor Daily News examining the implementation of a law requiring police agencies to have homelessness crisis response protocols in Maine. Pitman writes that the new law may be well-intentioned, but might have the unintended consequence of increasing police surveillance of the growing number of unhoused people in Maine, which Pitman says won’t help solve the widening crisis and may have a detrimental impact on unhoused communities. Pitman is a member of the Maine chapter of the national Scholars Strategy Network, which brings together scholars across the country to address public challenges and their policy implications.