No Way Out: Eighth Amendment Protection for Do-or-Die Acts of the Homeless

@inproceedings{Walters1995NoWO,
  title={No Way Out: Eighth Amendment Protection for Do-or-Die Acts of the Homeless},
  author={Edward J. Walters},
  year={1995}
}
The Supreme Court held in its 1962 decision Robinson v California that it was cruel and unusual under the Eighth Amendment to punish people for "status" crimes-that is, crimes defined by who people are, not what they do.1 In the decade following that decision, courts used the status crimes doctrine to invalidate statutes that made vagrancy illegal.2 In response to recent, explosive increases in their homeless populations, however, many communities have bypassed the Court's status crimes mandate… CONTINUE READING

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