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California shifts to an experiment in coercion to treat the homeless

A new court system seeks to find a middle road between jail and ignoring the mentally ill, many of whom live on the streets

A homeless woman sweeps the sidewalk in front of where she’ll be sleeping in San Diego. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

By Scott Wilson

April 27, 2023 at 6:00 a.m. EDT

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