Rotten Tomatoes website (film ratings and reviews) and found this synopsis: A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents. 84% of the voting public liked it, although this was the featured comment: 'Though featuring a talented cast, August Rush cannot overcome the flimsy direction and schmaltzy plot.' Oh well, schmaltzy plot gets you through another rainy day of being homeless - people seemed to be glued to the screen, maybe because the movie's fairy tail appeal: 'Its almost desperate earnestness actually turns out to be its greatest appeal -- August Rush does believe in fairy tales, it does it does it does!' (from another review on the site). And who does not - I'm going to watch it next time I'm in need of serious uplifting...
It is universally acknowledged that the first wave of homelessness occurred when the mental health system was abolished. Many would argue that a second wave of homelessness occurred when vast amounts of affordable housing were eliminated. I would argue that a third wave of a more desperate, intractable, and frequently violent phase of homelessness has been created by our vast prison system.
How many people enter the prison system homeless? How many leave our prison system with no fixed destination? What subset of the 70 percent of ex-felons who return to prison are homeless?
Just for public safety reasons, you might assume the correctional system would want to know those numbers. A homeless person, by definition, is a wild card. You cannot know where they are at any point in time – much less immediately after a crime has occurred in the vicinity.
Surprisingly, according to both California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) research division and the voluminous reports on its website, the prison system does not explicitly track that information.
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