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Loitering

Loitering

Loitering

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about Loitering in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

In general, loitering refers to the act of loafing about a specific location. States and localities in the United States of America have a long history of enforcing laws against loitering in public areas. Early United States antiloitering laws were identical to English laws regarding vagrancy. However, over time, these laws were forced to evolve in order to pass constitutional muster. Recently, localities throughout the United States of America have attempted to use antiloitering laws to thwart gang activities, drug dealing, prostitution, the soliciting of alms, street gambling, and other behaviors that have the potential to affect citizens' quality of life. Although antiloitering ordinances usually apply to people of all ages, they are often used, either in conjunction with or in lieu of youth curfews, to keep youths from congregating in public areas during evening hours-a condition that often elicits fear among community members.