Defund the police — and then what? What Toronto can learn from the places out in front of a global movement
Published on: 2020-12-10
Dr. Eric Latimer featured iun the Toronto Star
Policing homelessness, it turns out, is costly. In Toronto, an average of $59,000 (Canadian) of public resources is spent on each homeless person with a mental illness, according to a 2017 study led by McGill University professor Eric Latimer. The research calculated the costs of services including shelters, hospitals and social assistance – but it was policing and court appearances that were the biggest expense, at $12,393 per person.