Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law

OSJCL Amici Board of Advisors

OSJCL Amici: Views from the Field

Laws Against "Sagging Pants" Ruled Unconstitutional

A judge in southeast Florida held that the city's law criminalizing "sagging pants" is unconstitutional. The law, recently passed by Riviera Beach voters, carries a $150 fine for first-time offenders, with repeat offenders facing the possibility of jail time. Laws such as this one have been increasingly popular throughout the country and have caused many civil rights advocates to caution that they may disproportionately target African-Americans.



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