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Pacific Standard
May 11, 2016

How States Are Failing to Provide Justice for All
By Jared Keller

These issues of access have serious consequences. A study from the Boston Bar Association showed that two-thirds of citizens in eviction cases were able to stave off expulsion with the help of legal counsel; the other third who lacked representation were forced to leave their homes. A report from the Institute for Policy Integrity found that access to an attorney, more than psychiatric counseling or shelters, helped reduce instances of domestic violence by giving victims the avenues to achieve legal independence from their abusers. And data from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse revealed that almost 90 percent of children involved in immigration proceedings without an attorney ended up leaving the country; only 28 of those with representation suffered the same fate.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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