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Ninth Circuit Decision Stands: Sleeping Outside Isn't a Crime
Yesterday, the Supreme Court declined to takeMartin v. Boise, a case that could determine if state and local governments can make it a crime for people experiencing homelessness to sleep outside.
As a result, the 9th Circuit decision stands: last year, the court ruled that "prosecuting homeless individuals violated the Constitution because their situation was an 'unavoidable consequence of one's status or being.'"
The decision comes at a juncture when many municipalities have enacted laws to criminalize homelessness.
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