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The Supreme Court will decide what cities can do about tent encampments.

An Oregon case will clarify whether officials can jail or fine homeless people for sleeping outside. By: Rachel M. Cohen

Tents line the sidewalk on SW Clay St in Portland, Oregon.

Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Photo

The Supreme Court is set to decide on the treatment of homeless individuals and tent encampments in cities, as a case challenges laws that punish homeless people. The Ninth Circuit previously ruled in favor of the homeless plaintiffs, but leaders from various cities hope the Supreme Court will overturn these decisions, citing concerns about government capabilities and potential criminalization of homelessness.


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