From the Dept of Justice, it is Unconstitutional to criminalize sleeping in the streets

MaryGSykes.com

The US dept of justice has announced the following

http://www.adn.com/article/20150813/its-unconstitutional-ban-homeless-sleeping-outside-justice-department-says

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-files-brief-address-criminalization-homelessness

Justice Department Files Brief to Address the Criminalization of Homelessness

The Department of Justice filed a statement of interest today arguing that making it a crime for people who are homeless to sleep in public places, when there is insufficient shelter space in a city, unconstitutionally punishes them for being homeless.  The statement of interest was filed in federal district court in Idaho in Bell v. City of Boise et al., a case brought by homeless plaintiffs who were convicted under Boise ordinances that criminalize sleeping or camping in public.

As stated by the Justice Department in its filing, “[i]t should be uncontroversial that punishing conduct that is a universal and unavoidable consequence of being human violates the Eighth Amendment. . .  Sleeping is a life-sustaining activity—i.e., it must occur at some time in some place.  If a…

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