Derwin is disabled living in a tent homeless in Las Vegas. You can’t see from this angle, but I am sitting in Derwin’s wheelchair to get level since he was lying on the ground.
Derwin has been arrested twice in Las Vegas for trespassing. He spent 20 days and then 10 days in jail for the crime of not being able to afford an apartment. Las Vegas is one of the worse cities criminalizing homelessness. The city passed a law making homelessness illegal punishable by a $1,000 fine or 6 months in jail. The thing is, they do not offer people like Derwin a path to get out of homelessness into housing.
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