Claiming an 8th amendment right to sleep in public, because banning camping out in public space is “cruel and unusual punishment”, the Department of Justice has submitted a “Letter of Interest” in a case brought against Boise, Idaho for their sit/lie ordinance.
Those suing Boise make a distinction between a person’s conduct (dozing on the side walk) from status (being homeless), declaring that a city can’t keep them off the streets if the homeless shelters are full.
Roughly 50 cities in the nation have similar ordinances against sleeping in the public space and they are all watching this law suit with great interest.
Hey, remember when Reagan was president and homelessness was his problem? Ah, the memories.