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Supreme Court rules cities can ban homeless people from sleeping outside

Jun 28, 2024, 8:30 AM | Updated: 2:01 pm

A no camping sign near the area where a grass fire started in Ogden on June 25, 2024. Homeless camp...

A no camping sign near the area where a grass fire started in Ogden on June 25, 2024. Homeless camps could lead to fire risk as temperatures rise.(Mike Anderson, KSL TV)

(Mike Anderson, KSL TV)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that cities can enforce bans on homeless people sleeping outside, overturning a decision from the 9th Circuit Court.

This ruling was decided in a 6-3 decision. The justices in the majority determined that a ban on outdoor camping does not amount to cruel and unusual punishment. 

According to the Associated Press, Grants Pass v. Johnson is the “most significant” case on this subject to be seen by SCOTUS in decades. 

AP reports the number of Americans without a “permanent place to live” is rising.

Devin Oldroyd is a digital content producer for KSL NewsRadio. Follow him on X.

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Supreme Court rules cities can ban homeless people from sleeping outside