Study criticizes how Colorado cities handle homeless

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DENVER -- A controversial study from the University of Denver Law School criticizes Colorado cities for focusing more on criminalizing homelessness.

The report says six Colorado cities spent $5 million in five years enforcing homeless laws. It says the money could be better spent getting people into treatment and affordable housing programs.

Denver defends the spending, saying the city is focusing on diversion programs, but police must enforce the law.

Homeless advocates argue the city's approach, saying Denver's camping ban is just one example of criminalizing homelessness.

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