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Access to Justice

Law360 is on a mission to shed light on how the rule of law can shape communities and explore important, and often overlooked, issues that impact the ability of individuals to navigate a complex legal system. We are proud to announce our weekly Access to Justice newsletter, which will deliver stories to all readers, free of charge, on trends affecting the justice gap, pro bono programs and difference makers helping citizens with the fewest resources gain access to the courts.

Latest News in Access to Justice

  • November 16, 2018

    Immigrant Detainees Challenge Wait Times For Court Hearings

    The New York Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy organizations have challenged the federal government’s practice of detaining immigrants for months without bond before their immigration hearings, alleging in a proposed class action in Manhattan federal court on Thursday that the prolonged detention violates New Yorkers’ constitutional rights.

  • November 4, 2018

    NY Plan To Police Prosecutors Enters Uncharted Territory

    New York is turning heads with a first-of-its-kind commission tasked with investigating prosecutorial misconduct. All eyes are on the Empire State to see if the watchdog will survive a lawsuit by district attorneys and, if so, become an effective check on the justice system.

  • November 4, 2018

    Hard Decisions Loom In Lame-Duck Push For Sentencing Reform

    A long-simmering struggle over whether and how to reform not only the federal prison system but also sentencing laws could boil up into a major conflict this month in Congress.

  • November 4, 2018

    5 Criminal Justice Reforms To Watch On Election Day

    Should a nonunanimous jury be capable of sentencing a defendant to life in prison? Should the repeal of a criminal law be retroactive? Here, Law360 looks at those ballot questions and other proposed criminal justice reforms going before voters on Tuesday.

  • November 4, 2018

    Unjust Prison Term Drives Golf Course Artist's Reform Mission

    It would be easy for Valentino Dixon to harbor animosity and anger after being wrongly imprisoned for 27 years. But instead he wants to take that experience and use it to teach society about the abuses of the prison system and sentencing reform.

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  • Legal aid programs and funding
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  • Pro se rights
  • Sentencing and bail reform
  • Pro bono efforts
  • Judicial backlogs and shortages
  • Technology that improves access to justice
  • Crime victims’ access to justice