California is rife with laws used to harass homeless people

Jeffrey Selbin and Paul Boden write for Los Angeles Times, February 15, 2015

After homelessness began skyrocketing in the 1980s, cities responded with laws that criminalize basic life activities conducted in public like standing, sitting, resting or sleeping, and even sharing food with homeless people. As the crisis worsened in California — 22% of America’s homeless population now lives in the state — cities have piled on more and more vagrancy laws.