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PMJA 2020: Loitering Laws Hit Connecticut's Most Vulnerable Residents

Mar 6, 2020

Aired live February 5, 2019

Cities and towns have laws to keep people from engaging in behavior that may disturb others, like sleeping on park benches, drinking in public, or just plain “loitering”.

What does it mean when just hanging out in a public space puts you in violation of these laws?

This hour we take a hard look at loitering ordinances and other laws that advocates argue criminalize individuals, especially those experiencing homelessness. How should cities draw the line between promoting public safety and discriminating against some of their most vulnerable citizens?

We check in with the city of Middletown, and talk with business leaders and advocates for those experiencing poverty about what it means to “loiter” on Main Street.

And we hear from a homeless couple who has experienced the far-reaching consequences of these local laws.

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