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Durango stops enforcing camping ban

September 27, 2018

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado city has stopped enforcing its ban on camping in public spaces at night at the urging of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Last month, the ACLU asked Durango to lift the ban after the city’s only homeless camp closed, saying it was cruel and unusual to criminalize camping when homeless people had nowhere else to go.

The Durango Herald reported Thursday that the city has stopped issuing citations between dusk and dawn under an agreement reached with the group earlier this month. Campers who are violating other ordinances, such as by having a fire or aggressively panhandling, could still be cited.

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Information from: Durango Herald, http://www.durangoherald.com

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