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vagrant

(vā′grănt) [L. vagrans]
1. Wandering from place to place without a fixed home.
2. A homeless person who wanders from place to place.
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While prosecution numbers have fluctuated, previous research by Crisis has shown that rough sleepers are far more frequently victims of informal use of the Vagrancy Act to move them on or challenge behaviour without formal caution or arrest.
Speaking at a Crisis event, Labour MP for Stockton North Alex Cunningham said: "Labour does not support the criminalising of rough sleepers and that is why we have already made a commitment to repeal the Vagrancy Act as part of our plan to eradicate rough sleeping within five years of a Labour Government.
A Private Members' Bill has now been introduced by Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran calling for the Vagrancy Act to be abolished.
Loitering was a criminal offense under Article 202 of the Revised Penal Code until President Benigno Aquino III signed a law in 2012 decriminalizing vagrancy amid concerns that the Revised Penal Code has been used to justify arbitrary arrests against the poor.
According to the bloc, Republic Act 10158 passed in 2012 has already decriminalized acts of vagrancy but police forces continue to conduct mass arrests.
Speaking at a government event in Cotabato City on Tuesday, Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said that both the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Philippine National Police (PNP) are already working on the guidelines for the implementation the campaign against vagrancy.
He said the town suffered from "an epidemic of rough sleeping and vagrancy" and and wrote in a letter that "bags and detritus" from local homeless people created a "hostile atmosphere" for residents and tourists
"The Vagrancy Act that punishes people rather than supporting them makes no sense in our eyes.
Figures released by the Liberal Democrats show 7,688 people have been prosecuted for rough sleeping in the past four years under the Vagrancy Act.
The ministry said it had stepped up its campaign by warning of the dangers of the vagrancy crime, adding that it had sent letters to official institutions, including the Amman Municipality and the ministries of interior, justice and Awqaf (religious affairs) calling for their help to curb this phenomenon.
Johnny's great-great-great-great grandmother Ann Haines, for example, spent most of her adult life in jail thanks to alcoholism and vagrancy.
According to news24, the 1824 Vagrancy Act was aimed at the punishment of 'idle and disorderly persons,' 'rogues, and vagabonds'.