DRNC statement on Grant Pass decision

Earlier this year, Disability Rights North Carolina released a statement condemning the criminalization of people with disabilities for exercising their right to enjoy movies, shop at the mall, wait for the bus, and stand up for their desire to live in their own home in the community. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in a case known as Grants Pass that allows the criminalization of unhoused people sleeping outside even when no safe or accessible shelters are available to them.  

The Supreme Court’s ruling is yet another legally-administered blow to our nation’s most vulnerable populations. People with disabilities are disproportionally harmed by the widespread lack of affordable and accessible housing and services. Criminalizing and incarcerating unhoused people does not fix the problem, it simply diverts our tax dollars from programs and services that help North Carolinians thrive toward expensive jails and prisons.  

Disability Rights NC will continue to call out injustice and will never relent in the fight for the rights of people with disabilities. Join us in this work and support us any way you can.

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