Repeal Vagrancy Laws in Mississippi

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Vagrancy codes in Mississippi date back to the Reconstruction era and while the laws have been amended to remove the racist language, many individuals (black and white, men and women) are still arrested for homelessness to this day. 

We insist that current public safety and property laws are enforced and vagrancy laws are repealed. Trespassing, loitering, and other illegal activity can be enforced without arresting individuals simply for the lack of a home. 

In Hattiesburg, MS alone, over 120 vagrancy arrests have been made in the last two years. Tax dollars are spent enforcing antiquated laws that are counter-productive to the reintroduction of the homeless as independent citizens. We aim to repeal these codes to allow cities and counties to develop their own ordinances and work with their local nonprofits and churches to address the needs in their communities. 

Show your support in repealing these laws by signing the petition and visit passionofthepinebelt.org for more information. 



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