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General News    H4'ed 12/22/19

Supreme Court declines to hear case on ban against people sleeping and camping in public spaces

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Supreme Court dec lined to hear an appeal allowing officers ticketing those sleeping in public spaces, a victory for homeless, leaving standing a 9th Circuit Appeals ruling that homeless have a right to sleep outside if shelter is unavailable. In 2009, 6 sued Boise after being ticketed for sleeping outside in parks from $25 to $75. The 9th Circuit declared the local law was unconstitutional, saying it was a “cruel and unusual punishment.” The logic here is that it’s, essentially, criminalizing homeless people when they have nowhere else to go; sleeping outside is not a matter of choice or will, but of necessity. The ruling applies to 9 states, including Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii. CA is of note, as both San Francisco and LA are known for high living costs and income inequality, a perfect storm for thrusting people into homelessness. 

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