Two Sacramento County sheriff's deputies let campers know they must pack up and move on outside the Sacramento County Courthouse on April 27. Homeless people have been camping overnights for months at the courthouse, enticed by its relative safety, security and proximity to services.
Two Sacramento County sheriff's deputies let campers know they must pack up and move on outside the Sacramento County Courthouse on April 27. Homeless people have been camping overnights for months at the courthouse, enticed by its relative safety, security and proximity to services. Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com
Two Sacramento County sheriff's deputies let campers know they must pack up and move on outside the Sacramento County Courthouse on April 27. Homeless people have been camping overnights for months at the courthouse, enticed by its relative safety, security and proximity to services. Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com
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Erika D. Smith joined The Sacramento Bee in May 2015 after spending most of her career in the nebulous Midwest. She previously worked for The Indianapolis Star in Indiana, where, as metro columnist, she covered issues related to neighborhoods, community development, public safety and diversity. She also worked for five years at the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio. She is a native of Cleveland.

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