The original panhandling law had been halted by a judges order after the lawsuit was filed. Enforcement is intended to clear the streets and decrease the visibility of homeless people," says Scott Cameron.Now, panhandling is banned after dark in two main tourist areas, and police officers must first give a warning and only cite individuals after a second incident occurs within six months. The police target homeless people at bus stops, check IDs and bags, and generally harass people.
Panhandling citations are rarely if ever contested in Albuquerque, and the positive ruling may be a landmark.
The cycle of citations, warrants, and missed court dates keeps these homeless people unstable and often in the criminal justice system.