Legal aid cut would hurt vulnerable citizens

To abandon that duty would shatter the vision of equal justice under the law.

Letter to Editor (New Jersey)

Douglas E. Gershuny
Daily Journal (NJ)
March 23, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: South Jersey Legal Services (Camden, NJ)


These cuts would be devastating for the many thousands of poor people who need our services each year. In 2016, South Jersey Legal Services’ staff and volunteer lawyers handled over 9,200 cases, helping almost 30,000 poor people in the nine southern counties of the state we serve. These dramatic cuts would dramatically reduce that by more than one-third.

That means more unjust foreclosures and evictions resulting in homelessness; more domestic violence victims unable to escape abuse; more senior citizens will be ripped off by scam artists; and more unemployed casino workers, homeless veterans and hungry children will be denied needed government assistance.