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United States Ninth Circuit

Martin v. City of Boise, 15-35845

Held that a city ordinance violated the Eighth Amendment by imposing criminal sanctions against homeless individuals for sleeping outdoors, on public property, when no alternative shelter was available to them. Six current or formerly homeless residents brought this suit alleging that the issuance of citations under the city's camping and disorderly conduct ordinances constituted cruel and unusual punishment, because they had no home or other shelter to go to. Agreeing with their arguments, the Ninth Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part the district court's summary judgment order.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2018/09/04


  • Berzon


  • United States Ninth Circuit


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