Homeless Street Camping Now a Constitutional Right

from the Blaze:

SCOTUS lets 9th Circuit ruling stating that homeless people have a constitutional right to camp on public property stand

35 percent of America’s homeless lived unsheltered in 2018

The Supreme Court will not take up a case that asks whether or not the U.S. Constitution prevents homeless people with nowhere else to go from being ticketed for camping in public areas.

The case, which was brought to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals by a group of six current or former homeless people, challenges a Boise, Idaho, ordinance that prohibits the homeless from sleeping on public property, even if they have no other shelter to go to. The petitioners claimed that the statute violated their Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment, and the federal appeals court agreed with them, affirming a lower court’s ruling against Boise’s camping ordinance. read more