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On Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to determine whether providing tickets to homeless individuals on public property is a reasonable regulation or constitutes a cruel and unusual punishment violating the Constitution.
A city in Southern Oregon informed the Supreme Court that preventing the issuance of tickets to homeless individuals has led to a serious situation around temporary shelters, hindering dealing with crime, fires, and the “resurgence of medieval diseases.” The city of Oregon had appealed against a lower court’s decision on this matter last year.
“The tragedy is that these decisions are actually harming the very people they seek to protect,” said Thien Evangel, representing Grant Pass in Oregon.
Representing the other side, Ed Johnson from the Oregon Law Center said that the case is not about the capacity of a city to regulate or prohibit homeless camping but rather about not criminalizing homeless Americans who face the crisis of ineffective policies over the years.
Nevertheless, some politicians and others are making reprehensible and false accusations against the judiciary for the homeless crisis to distract attention and eliminate blame for years of failed policies.
The question of whether laws crafted to regulate or prohibit outdoor sleeping for homeless individuals can be enforced without issuing tickets has been in federal courts for years, as many states and cities grapple with the increasing homelessness challenge. The Supreme Court declined to consider a similar case in 2019 when a California appeals court ruled that homeless Americans should not be compelled to face criminal charges.
The latest case involves a decision from the same court, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, stating that cities cannot issue tickets even to those homeless individuals who use blankets, pillows, or other items for protection. The court mentioned that the city handed out dozens of citations each year, with fines sometimes reaching several hundred dollars.
National Homelessness Law Center, considering this case as one of the most significant participations of the Supreme Court in homeless rights in decades, said the court’s decision would significantly impact the 250,000 people who sleep outside every night.