Sleeping In Public Is Legal

The United States Supreme Court declared recently that laws banning the homeless from sleeping in public areas, when there is no 0ther place available to them for sleeping, amounts to cruel and unusual punishment – a violation of the 8th Amendment.

Of course this does not mean that homeless people can now sleep outside without being harassed by local police.  It will take time for this opinion to filter its way down to the local level.  It will require the homeless to fight any tickets and arrests they receive for sleeping.and then bringing this SCOTUS opinion to the attention of the attending judge.   But the homeless would most certrainly win their cases.   But beware,  you must also prove that the city you are in does not have enough shelter beds available for all the homeless residing there.


About Kevin Barbieux

I have been diagnosed as being chronically homeless. I write about my experiences and opinions of being homeless
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