By: Laura K. Abel. Published by: National Center for Access to Justice. Published in Spetember 2012.
Civil legal aid, an essential part of our Constitution’s promise of equal justice for all, also yields substantial economic benefits. It helps people prevent events that would be harmful to them and expensive for the larger society, such as domestic violence, long foster care stays, eviction, and health emergencies. It also helps people participate in government safety-net programs.
Civil legal aid saves public money: by reducing domestic violence, by helping children leave foster care more quickly, by reducing evictions, by protecting patients’ health and helps low-income people participate in federal safety-net programs.