Homelessness is not a crime. However, these are the most common reasons that homeless people are arrested in Hattiesburg:

 

Vagrancy

  • Wandering or strolling about in idleness in public places, for the larger portion of their time Interfering with patrons at businesses
  • Walking/sitting and consuming alcoholic beverage

 

Loitering

  • Sitting on public/business property for long periods of time

 

Panhandling

  • Approaching and begging from a stranger.

 

This is not intended to list every reason you can be arrested; IT is meant to help you avoid illegal behaviors.

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