Loitering for the Purpose of Begging


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The ACLU of Colorado sent a letter to 34 Colorado municipalities that make it a crime to “loiter for the purpose of begging,” and demanded that municipal authorities stop enforcement and take immediate steps to repeal the “legally indefensible” ordinances.

The ordinances that prohibit “loitering for the purpose of begging” are far broader than panhandling restrictions in Grand Junction that were struck down in 2015 by an ACLU lawsuit.

Instead of attempting to limit the restrictions to certain times, to certain places, or to panhandling in a certain manner, they make it a crime to ask for charity anywhere in the municipality, at any time, and by any means, including by peacefully sitting and holding a sign.

The ACLU of Colorado examined court records from ten cities that have a “loitering for the purpose of begging” law and found that eight had engaged in some form of enforcement in the last two years, either through issuing citations, warnings, or move-on orders.

The municipalities identified as having “loitering for the purpose of begging” ordinances are:

Avon

Bennett

Brighton

Buena Vista

Carbondale

Cherry Hills Village

Cortez

Crested Butte

Cripple Creek

Del Norte

Dillon

Eaton

Englewood

Firestone

Garden City

Gilcrest

Green Mountain Falls

Johnstown

La Junta

Leadville

Lochbuie

Mead

Meeker

Milliken

Minturn

Nederland

Oak Creek

Platteville

Rifle

Rocky Ford

Salida

San Luis

Severance

Timnath




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