ACLU Fighting for Delta Panhandler Rights

THE DELTA (Ben Caxton) — The American Civil Liberties Union is asking 16 cities in Mississippi, including Clarksdale, Cleveland, Greenwood, and Greenville to eliminate local laws that penalize panhandling. The request is part of a national effort that includes work by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. In 2015 a federal appeals court ruled that a Springfield, Illinois ordinance that penalized people for begging for money in public places is unconstitutional. The ACLU says four cities in the state – Ridgeland, Meridian, Starkville, and Southaven – have repealed panhandling ordinances and it’s asking the others to do the same.



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