The sheriff whose name is Jim Neil, had already had a problem with the numbers of homeless people who had been sleeping in front of the court house and he has been having meeting with the local homeless shelter for months trying to come up with a solution to this issue. Four homeless men on the other hand, are saying that he has violated their rights of be free from cruel and unusual punishment by being threatened to be placed in jail. Homeless people sleep in front of the courthouse every night because they feel that it is a safe public place but sheriffs say the homeless people are saying that the homeless are dirtying the public area by leave behind urine, and feces which poses as a health threat to the public. (Sharon Coolidge, The Cincinnati Enquirer Oct 2013)
I agree that these homeless people should no longer be allowed to sleep in front of the courthouse because of the potential health threat that they pose to the community. However, the homeless people should not have to go to jail. They need to find somewhere like the local homeless shelter that the sheriff has been going to. This is also a time for the community to come together to help all of these homeless people. This could mean just offering them a bottle of water. Every small thing counts. This incident is creating awareness to the community that they need to do something to get these homeless people off the street and give them somewhere to stay.
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