The United States criminal legal system punishes people for being poor, and it happens in more ways than you might think. Here are four ways the United States criminalizes people experiencing poverty. Local governments criminalize homelessness by making it illegal for people to sit, sleep, or rest in public spaces.

Almost every state has at least one law that bans activities people experiencing homelessness engage in simply to survive. Laws that prohibit panhandling , loitering, living in vehicles , or sharing food and water in public spaces all discriminate against people experiencing homelessness , as authorities eject them […]

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