April 11, 2024 — Amicus Brief

Formerly Incarcerated, Convicted People and Families Movement, The Shriver Center on Poverty Law, and the National Consumer Law Center submitted an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in support of the respondents in City of Grants Pass, Oregon v. Johnson. The case involves a constitutional challenge to a city ordinance that imposes both civil and criminal penalties on people experiencing homelessness in public spaces. The amicus brief outlines the significant collateral consequences of the civil fines and misdemeanor charges incurred through application of the statute, including that the penalties will make it even harder for people to escape homelessness, as well as potentially impact their ability to vote, renew their drivers’ licenses, and find employment.