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Supreme Court: Are Bans On Homeless Cruel And Unusual Punishment?

By: Nina Raffio


Over half a million people are estimated to be homeless in the United States on any given night, and the Supreme Court case City of Grants Pass v. Johnson could grant states the authority to criminalize sleeping outdoors by individuals with no other place to go. Experts warn that criminalizing homelessness won't address the underlying issues of lack of affordable housing and support services, and may exacerbate existing racial and economic disparities.



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