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Supreme Court struggles with how to police homeless encampments

Posted on AllSides April 22nd, 2024
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The Supreme Court appeared divided Monday on efforts to police homeless encampments, recognizing the makeshift camps as a burden on cities while also indicating sympathy for people who have nowhere to go.

The justices heard arguments over ordinances implemented by Grants Pass, Oregon, that prohibit homeless people from sleeping in public parks and on streets and sidewalks.

Critics say the ordinances, under which violators are issued tickets, run afoul of the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

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