Columbus, Ga. homeless just want to be left alone

Donna Wakley, who has lived in a tent for more than three years, doesn’t think being poor should be a crime.

Wakley, 50, was among 17 homeless people arrested in one day by Columbus police a couple of weeks ago and charged with “being tramps” and loitering.

According to Muscogee County Jail officials, all who went to Columbus Recorder’s Court were found guilty and all but one man who paid a $280 fine was sentenced to serve time in jail.

Wakley, who has severe diabetes, was ill the day of her court appearance and it was postponed. Wednesday morning, her case was dismissed because of an error about the court date. Her response was “thank God.”

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