Rising inequality has harmed low-income families not only by depriving them of a fair share of society’s income growth, but also in a more specific way: It has stacked the legal system even more heavily against them.
New York Times (NYT)
August 31, 2018
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Tags: Access to Justice
Organizations mentioned/involved: Voices for Civil Justice, Legal Services Corporation (LSC)
According to a recent survey, more than 70 percent of low-income American households had been involved in eviction cases, labor law cases, and other civil legal disputes during the preceding year, and in more than 80 percent of those cases they lacked effective legal representation.
Indigent persons charged with crimes are entitled to state-sponsored lawyers, but here, too, funding shortages are widespread.
The stakes in criminal proceedings are often enormous, but civil disputes often produce life-shattering outcomes as well.