Equal Justice Under Law offers pro bono assistance to those most in need, raising the voices of the silenced and disenfranchised. Our work focuses on a range of criminal system and social justice issues.
The Justice Report
On Thursday, April 4, 2019, Equal Justice Under Law sent a letter to Attorney General Ken Paxton and other state officials regarding the Texas Failure to Appear/Failure to Pay Program, otherwise known as the OmniBase Services, promising civil litigation if changes are not made to the program that would make it more equitable.
The college admissions scandal -- while shocking in some ways -- has revealed what most Americans have always known: the rich have many advantages when it comes to higher education. As bad (and as illegal) as it is to bribe admissions officers, SAT proctors, and athletics coaches to get one’s own child admitted to a prestigious university, it is only the newest way we’ve learned that some wealthy parents have of manipulating the admissions system to their advantage.
On March 4, 2019, in the federal court in San Francisco, Equal Justice Under Law won its lawsuit against the bail schedule system.
In 2014 Missouri adopted legislation that authorized its courts and agencies to suspend an individual’s driver’s license if they owe $2,500 in past-due child support, or three months of payments, whichever is less.
Good hard working people are being forced into a modern-day debtors’ prison through the suspension of their driver’s license and the vicious cycle that revolves between ever-increasing fines and the inability to get to work to pay them off.
Injustice becomes the norm, people turn into numbers, and lives morph into statistics as the Prison Industrial Complex morphs into the Private Prison Industrial Complex.
“We are not makers of history; we are made by history." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Since 2015, the most vulnerable residents of Newark, Arkansas have fallen prey to a ruthless scheme that is evicting them from their homes. During a time where these families deserve a warm sanctuary in which to gather, many are facing eviction and mounting debt.
In Texas, the Omnibase program is exacerbating wealth-inequality and disproportionately hurting those experiencing poverty.
As of January 2018, over 1.4 million Texans had suspended licenses for failure to pay additional surcharges on a ticket for a driving infraction. Equal Justice Under Law has filed a lawsuit against Governor Greg Abbot and Texas’ Department of Public Safety to end this program once and for all and help affected Texans escape a cycle of poverty.