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The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal in a case originating from Boise, Idaho, that would have made it a crime to camp and sleep in public spaces.

The decision to let a ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals stand is a setback for states and local governments in much of the West that are grappling with widespread homelessness by designing laws to regulate makeshift encampments on sidewalks and parks.

City officials in Las Vegas have passed a controversial law making it illegal to sleep or camp in downtown and residential public areas as long as there are open beds available at city homeless shelters.

Before the vote, protesters swarmed the Las Vegas City Council chambers with signs that read, "Poverty is not a crime," and chanting, "Housing, not handcuffs!"

Columbus Division of Police

A Franklin County jury has convicted a man of killing his girlfriend in a south side homeless camp last year. 

Akron Police Defend Breaking Up Homeless Camp

Oct 6, 2014

Akron police say they acted properly and warned homeless people in advance before ordering them to leave encampments and throwing away their belongings.