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What are the Mississippi Loitering Laws?

Many states including the state of Mississippi have statutes and ordinances in place against loitering.

Loitering is defined as stand or wait without any purpose. As harmless as that seems, loitering takes different shapes that can be perceived as a public nuisance and sometimes even dangerous to the general public. Some examples of loitering are aggressive begging, dealing in drugs on the streets, loitering under the influence of alcohol or other substance abuse, aggressive begging and soliciting prostitution.

Mississippi Loitering Law

General federal statutes against loitering are:

A person commits loitering or is loitering when he:-

1. Wanders around a public place with the intention of begging.

2. Remains in an area or public space while intending to gamble

3. Remaining or loitering in a public place for purposes of engaging in or soliciting prostitution or sexual intercourse

4. Loiter around a college, school or any such public buildings without any legitimate reason to be there with purposes of ill intent and remains in the area even after the building officials explicitly instruct the person to leave.

5. Loitering in a public facility and involving in the illegal sale of purchase of both legal and illegal merchandise and other kinds of trading without an official license or without authorization.

6. Loitering around an area while unlawfully possessing drugs and contraband.

Fines and Punishments for Loitering in Mississippi:

Most common fines regarding loitering in the United States for people found entering an enclosed area like a public transportation waiting room, railway platforms, stairs or grounds of a station or a transport facility without permission or maintaining to loiter even after strong warning from the office of the premises was issued verbally or in writing, was warned by the police officer, shall be fined an amount equal to or not more than One Hundred Dollars and may be arrested without a warrant and will be incarcerated for twenty-four hours. Subsequently, he will be taken to a court of law and legal proceedings will be filed against him.

Loitering Law Mississippi

Laws against loitering in Mississippi:

The state of Mississippi has a penal code 97-35-37 in connection with loitering describes vagrants as:
  • Tramps or individuals thus knowns who wander about idly without anything to do or anyone to support them
  • Individuals who lead an immoral and idle life. These individuals can earn a living but refuse to do so.
  • All individuals who have no support from family or friends but are capable of working for a livelihood but have no visible means to do so.
  • All individuals who are able-bodied and have the capacity to work for a livelihood but habitually loiter around in cities, towns, and villages or on any such public property without any means to support themselves. Individuals who do odd jobs rarely but remain unemployed during most of the year can also be classified under the State of Mississippi penal code 97-35-37
  • Individuals who trade, sell or barter stolen or illegal property or who intentionally sells, trades or barters in spurious liquor, alcohol or malt.
  • People who gamble on the streets and supports and maintains themselves by gambling
  • Any healthy and able-bodied person who would rather beg for livelihood than get a job.
  • Prostitutes who sell their bodies to gain
  • Individuals who maintain illegal prostitution houses
  • Individuals who maintain illegal gambling houses
  • All individuals who are healthy to maintain a job but rather forces their minor children to work and lives off what the kids earn.
  • All individuals who are of the age ranging from sixteen onward who are able to work for a livelihood but are not able to find work or rather do not want to do work and have no perceivable means to generate a livelihood, or whose parents are invalid and are not able to provide for them.

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