US Supreme Court debates whether it is legal to fine homeless people for sleeping on the street

US Supreme Court debates whether it is legal to fine homeless people for sleeping on the street

Washington – The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday on the constitutionality of a law implemented in a small town in the state of Oregon, that punishes people for sleeping with blankets outdoors and that ultimately seeks to deter homelessness, a growing scenario in the United States.

”The real goal of the law is to make homeless people leave the city”the progressive judge noted at the hearing Sonia Sotomayor.

The also progressive Elena Kagan For his part, he stated that “for a person who has nowhere to go, sleeping in public is like breathing in public” and accused the authorities of the municipality of Grants Pass of “criminalizing a status.”

A position similar to that shown by the judge Ketanji Brown Jacksonwho stated that it is “cruel and unusual to punish people for acts that constitute basic human needs” What is it like to sleep?

The conservative justices sent the message that addressing the issue of homelessness “is a difficult political question” that should fall to the elected powers, rather than the courts.

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