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Federal court says homeless can sleep in public places

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Posted: Saturday, September 8, 2018 11:30 am

As cities across the nation continue to grapple with homelessness, federal laws and regulations make it harder and harder to mitigate the epidemic.

On Tuesday, the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that citing homeless individuals for sleeping outdoors in public places who have no alternative access to shelter is a violation of the Eighth Amendment’s cruel and unusual punishment clause. The decision reversed a previous district court ruling in favor of the City of Boise, Idaho, in a case where two homeless individuals challenged the city’s ordinances prohibiting them from sleeping on public property.

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