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Poor Justice: How the Poor Fare in the Courts

Vicki Lens
Format
Book
Published
Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press, [2016]
Language
English
Variant Title
How the poor fare in the courts
ISBN
9780199355440, 0199355444
Summary
"[This book] provides a vivid portrait and appraisal of how the lives of poor people are disrupted or helped by the judicial system, from the lowest to the highest courts. Drawing from court room observations, court decisions, and other material, this book spans the street level justice of administrative hearings and lower courts (where people plead for welfare benefits or for a child not to be taken away), the mid-level justice of state courts (where advocates argue for the right to shelter for the homeless and for the rights of the mentally disabled), and the high justice of the Supreme Court (where the battle for school integration has represented a route out of poverty and the stop and frisk cases illustrate a route to greater poverty, through the mass incarceration of people of color). [The book] brings readers inside the courts, telling the story through the words and actions of the judges, lawyers, and ordinary people who populate it. It seeks to both edify and criticize. Readers will learn not only how courts work, but also how courts sometimes help - and often fail - the poor." -- Back cover.
Contents
  • The rules of engagement
  • Welfare fair hearings
  • Child maltreatment proceedings
  • The justice of street level justice
  • Courts as a catalyst for social change
  • Protecting or coercing persons with mental disabilities
  • Legal advocacy for the homeless
  • The justice of social reform litigation
  • The Supreme Court
  • Race, education and the Constitution
  • Criminal justice and racial profiling
  • The high justice of the Supreme Court.
Description
xix, 226 pages ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-220) and index.
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