City of Grants Pass v. Johnson (2024)

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City of Grants Pass v. Johnson is a SCOTUS in the Classroom case. It was argued on April 22, 2024.

This case will decide whether city ordinances regulating camping, and designed to dissuade people experiencing homelessness from sleeping in public parks, violate the Eighth Amendment’s protection from cruel and unusual punishment.

Each term Street Law selects the most classroom-relevant, student-friendly cases as our SCOTUS in the Classroom cases. Teachers are encouraged to conduct moot courts the same week the case is argued, giving students the opportunity to follow discussion and analysis in the news and listen to or read a transcript of the actual oral arguments.

Case Issue:

Is the enforcement of laws regulating camping on public property prohibited by the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause of the Eighth Amendment?

Case Briefs:

Oral Argument:

  • Audio recording and transcript of the oral argument from the Supreme Court (to be posted after oral argument)


  • Link to the opinion of the Court (to be posted after the decision is announced)

News Articles and Resources:

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