Supreme Court makes decisions on homeless encampments, administrative state, and Jan. 6 cases


On June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered significant rulings. Among them, a law prohibiting homeless individuals from camping in public spaces like parks and sidewalks was upheld. Additionally, the Court limited the application of a law used in prosecuting Jan. 6 rioters and curtailed the rule-making authority of regulatory bodies.

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  1. What is the Chevron deference?
  2. Where did the conservative majority support a law criminalizing behaviors linked to homelessness?
  3. How many defendants are facing charges related to the Capitol riot?
  4. Who is Shaun Donovan?
  5. Why does Donovan argue against criminalizing homelessness?


The Supreme Court’s decision in Grants Pass v. Johnson paves the way for intensified crackdowns on homeless encampments by law enforcement. While some view this as enhancing public safety, others criticize it for criminalizing essential activities like sleeping, without offering substantial community benefits.

Express your views on the Supreme Court’s verdict on homeless encampments. Reflect on the responsibilities that governments hold towards their homeless populations.

For insights from homeless individuals, check out the statement by the National Union of the Homeless.


What students can do: Watch this PBS interview on the root causes of homelessness. Then, deliberate on:

  • Identify key factors contributing to housing crises and homelessness.
  • Discuss effective strategies for governmental and community intervention in addressing homelessness.

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