Chronic Disorder

The Story

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A mentally disturbed man on the Upper West Side has been relieving himself in public for years, and residents have had enough. New York City faces a growing challenge from mentally ill homeless people taking over public spaces. The de Blasio administration’s laissez-faire attitude toward the problem is callousness masked as compassion.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Degraded: The city’s decriminalization of public urination in 2015 as part of its rollback of quality-of-life crime enforcement has contributed to the degradation of public space. Read more.

  2. Thrive: Mayor de Blasio’s mental-health agenda lacks focus, and in trying to do too much, has done very little. Read more.

  3. Sick: Approximately 90,000 New Yorkers have untreated serious mental illness, and many wind up either on the streets or in jail. Read more.

“De Blasio argues his approach delivers ‘prevention’ through ‘early intervention.’ It sounds logical, but serious mental illnesses can’t be prevented because their causes are not known.”

DJ Jaffe, Manhattan Institute adjunct fellow

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

“The Police Department is now reviewing the city’s disorder statutes to determine which are most crucial to return to criminal court jurisdiction. Among their recommendations are certain to be the laws banning public drinking, public urination, and possession and sale of certain types of knives.”

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