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Civil Representation Matters––But ‘Justice’ May Require More

April 4, 2023 by Sarah M. Spangler Criminal Justice

Pending legislation in New York holds tremendous implications for access to justice for indigent immigrants, as the state may well become the first to guarantee representation for its immigrants in deportation proceedings.1 State legislators first introduced…

Use of Early Release to Ease the Financial Burden of Incarceration

March 31, 2023 by Holly J. Ludvigsen Criminal Justice

There are currently almost 2 million people incarcerated in the United States, and this country has a higher incarceration rate per capita than any other country. The mass incarceration of Americans, particularly Black and Brown Americans, has reached…

The Criminalization of Poverty in Pretrial Detention Hearings

March 19, 2023 by Clare Perez Criminal Justice

One of the many paradoxes in our criminal justice system is the fact that we hold people in jail pending trial even though, legally, they are innocent until proven guilty.[1] People who are arrested often appear before a judicial officer for a pretrial…

Sexual Violence Against Women Experiencing Homelessness

September 15, 2022 by Lindsey Zirkle Access to Justice Criminal Justice Housing and Homelessness

Women experiencing homelessness are at an increased risk of becoming victims of sexual violence.[1] Such women are particularly vulnerable to multiple forms of interpersonal victimization, including sexual violence at the hands of acquaintances, strangers…