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Supreme Court tackles the crisis of homelessness in the US

The US Supreme Court is considering whether a ban on sleeping in public is cruel and unusual punishment, focusing on a case in Grants Pass, Oregon. The city has ordinances prohibiting camping on public property, with violators facing fines or jail time. Advocates argue that these measures violate the constitution’s protections against cruel and unusual punishment. The court’s conservative majority appears to believe that homelessness policy should be left to local governments. The decision is expected in June or July. Meanwhile, homelessness continues to be a major issue in cities across the US, with a lack of affordable housing contributing to the crisis.


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