Follows National Trend of Outlawing Vagrancy Activities
On October 19, 2012, The New York Times reported that Berkley, California is the latest city to potentially ban the activities of the homeless.
A measure on the local November ballot “would ban siting and lying on commercial sidewalks from 7 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., at the risk of a $75 dollar citation.”
“’These laws are an example of a startling national trend to criminalize homelessness,’ said Maria Foscarinis, executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, an advocacy group.”
In 2011, 40 cities surveyed reported that:
40% prohibited camping,
33% banned sitting/lying down in public spaces, and
53% outlawed begging.
Click here to read more about the local and national debate around laws against vagrancy.