The Statesman.com reports that the ordinance may not cure the problem and may penalize innocent people.
in the area think the city should expand the measure, which was passed
twenty years ago to keep homeless people from loitering near
businesses. However, the policy has exceptions for medical conditions
and the police have to give a warning and wait thirty minutes before
arresting a person suspected of violating the ordinance. People often
avoid arrest by just moving further down the street.
residents support the ordinance because it would give police a legal way
to disperse the crowds that congregate near the corner and give them a
way to stop people from drinking and taking drugs outside. However,
authorities say police would still have a difficult time stopping
dealers and buyers, who don't remain in the area for long.
for the homeless see the "No Sit/No Lie" ordinance as abusive to the
city's most defenseless populations. They think more programs providing
houses and resources for the homeless is a better solution to the
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