Senate Committee Strikes Key Provision from Justice for All Act

On June 22, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Justice for All Reauthorization Act (S. 250) without a key provision giving the federal government the authority to hold states accountable when they fail to provide constitutionally-required lawyers for poor people accused of crimes. In a statement, TCP President Virginia Sloan explains that the provision, which would allow the Department of Justice to sue states if necessary “would have offered an important incentive to the states to take their Sixth Amendment obligations more seriously.”

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