Cincinnati judge bans homeless from setting up camps anywhere in county

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Sanitation crews clear abandoned belongings of a homeless encampment, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, in Cincinnati. The clean-up efforts ended more than a week of confusion over what would happen to more than 40 homeless individuals who called the downtown underpass home last week. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio judge has barred homeless people from setting up encampments anywhere in Hamilton County, the latest development in a weekslong sweep of the tent cities in Cincinnati.

The judge on Thursday expanded an order that initially prohibited homeless camps in Cincinnati’s downtown area near high profile sports and entertainment venues. The county prosecutor’s office says the amendment went into effect immediately, but is enforceable only as long as there is room in shelters for the homeless.

This is the second time Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has amended his initial request after learning the tent cities moved just outside restricted areas each time. Deters has cited public health and safety issues in his requests.

Homeless advocates say they plan to fight the expansion of the restricted area in court.

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