How Homelessness, Mental Illness, Substance Use and the Criminal Justice System Collided in Little Five Points []


By Ray Glier, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, September 4, 2019

Torch has been on the street 11 years, he says. With no fixed address, he is a permanent resident of Little Five Points, a robust business district of mom and pop entrepreneurs in east Atlanta.

Born Kyle Latrell, he was a homeless 17-year-old from Illinois. Now he is a homeless 28-year-old.

He takes amphetamines, eight a day, he says. He has been arrested for marijuana possession and it is not certain what other drugs he takes, or how often. His constant twitching could be the drugs or it could be Tourette Syndrome, a neurodevelopment disorder that strikes in childhood. Latrell says he was diagnosed with Tourette’s when he was younger.

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