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Is homelessness a crime? The Grants Pass case before SCOTUS

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On this edition of Oregon On The Record, we are going to start a two-part series on the issue of homelessness in our community - within the shadow of the historic Supreme Court Case dealing with policing of the homeless in Grants Pass Oregon. On part one you’ll hear from Tung Yin, a law professor from Lewis and Clark College, and Lieutenant Jeremey Sullivan and Officer Jackson Stramler of Eugene PD about the legalities of the case and current policing policies in cities.

If you ask any local business, community or political leader what is the biggest challenge we face, they’d almost all say a lack of housing and issues with those who are unhoused. It permeates almost any discussion in our region.

And right now, this case will, in part, determine if being without shelter is in and of itself a crime.

Show link:
Eugene Police Crime Report Portal

Michael Dunne is the host of KLCC's public affairs show Oregon On The Record. He also hosts the business-focused podcast, Oregon Rainmakers. Do you have a suggestion for a guest or topic? Email Michael at mdunne@klcc.org.