SCOTUS allows cities to enforce bans on sleeping outside

The Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling which prohibited cities from enacting bans on camping and sleeping outside.


Key Points

  • A Grants Pass law banning camping in public spaces was ruled unconstitutional by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. That ruling was challenged in, and overturned by, the Supreme Court.
  • The ruling does not make it a crime to camp in public spaces. It merely deems that a locality has not violated a homeless person’s Eigth Amendment rights by issuing a citation or making an arrest for camping in public.
  • Oregon House Bill 3115, which prohibits localities in Oregon from enacting outright bans on all camping in public places, remains in effect.

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