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U.S. judge: Cities cannot fine people for living outside


August 12, 2020

Renee Jones Schneider - Star Tribune

Police looked in a tent to see if there were any occupants last month in Minneapolis' Powderhorn Park.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. - An Oregon city has joined Boise, Idaho, in eliciting a precedent-setting court ruling that could change how cities nationwide cite and fine people living outside.

A U.S. judge decided last week that Grants Pass, Oregon, violated its homeless residents' Eighth Amendment rights by excluding them from parks without due process and citing them for sleeping outside, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

The ruling builds on the landmark 2018 Martin v. City of Boise case that said cities cannot make it illegal for people to sleep or rest outside without providing sufficient indoor alternatives.


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