Illustration of six beds in a 2 x 3 formation. Illustration by Grace Campbell | The Fordham Ram
Illustration of six beds in a 2 x 3 formation. Illustration by Grace Campbell | The Fordham Ram

The Ethics of Criminalizing Homelessness

It is a cruel punishment to ban people from sleeping outside.


Is homelessness only a problem when it is visible and inconvenient? I asked this question when learning about the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case, City of Grants Pass, Ore. v. Johnson, which will “determine whether municipalities can use local ordinances to ban homeless people from sleeping outside with a blanket or other bedding materials.” If the City of Grants Pass wins, it effectively criminalizes homelessness by allowing these strict regulations; those who oppose this stance, including me, argue it is cruel punishment to ban people from sleeping outside. Read more…


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