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June 14, 2017
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) contracted with NORC at the University of Chicago to help measure the justice gap among low-income Americans in 2017. LSC defines the justice gap as the difference between the civil legal needs of low-income Americans and the resources available to meet those needs. NORC conducted a survey of approximately 2,000 adults living in households at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). This report presents findings based on this survey and additional data LSC collected from the legal aid organizations it funds.
Massachusetts Trial Court Fines and Fees Working Group: Report to Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. CareyHonorable Paul C. Dawley, Honorable Lisa Ann Grant, Honorable Jeffrey A. Locke, Honorable Jay D. Blitzman, Paul J. Burke, Denise M. Fitzgerald, Michael P. Coelho, Georgia K. Critsley, A.W. (Chip) Phinney, Sarah W. Ellis
Trial Court Fines and Fees Working Group
November 17, 2016
The United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division published a “Dear Colleague” letter on March 14, 2016 outlining seven recommendations concerning court enforcement of fines and fees. The mission of the Working Group is to review the recommendations, and to evaluate 1) whether Massachusetts laws support each recommendation; and 2) whether the Trial Court is in compliance with each recommendation. This report further sets forth the Working Group’s proposals for adoption and implementation of the Department of Justice recommendations.
The Value of Research
“In the long run, legal aid programs’ investment in randomized study will not only improve services and help direct scarce resources, but will also build public support.
The willingness of the legal aid movement to question itself and change in response will demonstrate to the wider world that our work is, in the end, focused on doing the best we can to help very poor people, in often-desperate circumstances, to improve their lives.”
--Steven Eppler-Epstein, Executive Director of Connecticut Legal Services
Harvard Law Review, 2013