Mandatory Treatment for Chronic Drunkenness?

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In San Francisco, people who are extremely drunk on the streets are locked in jail and released once they sober up. But a new plan, supported by the mayor, could force them to stay in jail or choose mandatory treatment for up to six months. Chronic offenders are often homeless. Critics worry it's a short-term solution to a complex problem, and that it violates offenders' rights. What's the best way to deal with drunk people on city streets?


Bevan Dufty, director of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement (HOPE) for the City and County of San Francisco

Jeff Adachi, San Francisco public defender

Jo Robinson, director of Community Behavioral Health Services for the San Francisco Department of Public Health

Keith Humphreys, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford School of Medicine, whose research focuses on the prevention and treatment of addictive disorders