Do homeless people fear incarceration?
I thought of this question after reading the "grocery store theft" thread in the scenarios section, about what a LEO might do with a homeless person who steals bread: http://www.lawenforcementforums.com/...ead.php?t=6451
Those of you who have arrested or otherwise worked with homeless people, do you find that they fear being sent to jail/prison/mental hospitals? Or do they consider incarceration no worse than, or perhaps even better than, their homeless situation?
I've never been homeless or incarcerated; nor do I know anyone in such situations. But I imagine that if I were homeless and had no way out of the situation, I'd prefer incarceration to homelessness. Incarcerated people seem to have better living conditions than homeless people, and while prisoners may face violence from other prisoners, it can't be worse than the violence homeless people face from other homeless people and from random criminals on the street. So why would homeless people fear incarceration?