Nevada City, California has passed a new law which requires homeless people to have a permit to sleep in public (video below).
Chief James Wickham told CBS Sacramento: “The goal is to start managing the homeless population within our city. Those are the ones we really don’t want in our city and that we’re trying to keep from camping in our city.”
A no-camping ordinance was also passed by the city, which would criminalize the poor for sleeping in a car, tent or in the woods.
However, if the police give a permit to a homeless person, then that poor person would not be arrested for sleeping.
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There are no similar permits required for non-homeless people who might take a nap in a park.