On Tuesday, Joe Biden, the United States President, decides to take action to make sure low-income American people, minorities, and other Americans have well access to quality legal representation as services decreased at the time of former President Trump’s reign.
President Joe Biden will approve a memo ordering the Department of Justice to reinstate the main operations of the halted entree to the Justice Office and to restore the White House LAIR (Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable. Moreover, the plans are implemented in a presidential memorandum that was initially shared with the AP (Associated Press).
One of the White House officials described to the Associated Press that Joe Biden has ordered the roundtable to evaluate the effect that the pandemic Coronavirus has held on access to justice in both criminal and civil matters.
Coronavirus already created inequities in low-income people
In the memo, President Joe Biden said that the Coronavirus has already exacerbated and exposed injustices in their justice system after legal services were shortened. President continued that the issues have hit the lives of many individuals in the nation, especially people of color and low-income people.
Tuesday’s memorandum was the American president’s recent action to work toward changing the criminal justice system and reforming racial equity. Furthermore, Biden’s suggested bill seeks 1.5 billion dollars to reinforce local and state criminal justice systems. The officials from the White House described that the recent action will make on those efforts.
Leaders and organizations of civil rights have been urging and stressing the Joe Biden administration to restore access to the Justice Office. Plus, the memorandum does not openly revive the justice office access but demands Merrick Garland (Attorney General) to push a plan within the upcoming 120 day-period to enlarge operation on access to Justice Office.
In 2010, the Access to Justice department was started by Eric Holder (then-Attorney General) and officially formed in 2016 under the surveillance of Barack Obama (former President). It had been dealing with matters like enforcement of fines, civil legal aid, language barriers in the courts, and criminal indigent defense.
In 2018, the justice office was closed by Jeff Sessions (then-Attorney General) along with senior Justice Department officers describing that its aim was to the role of public defenders. Besides this, before the justice office was shut, its resources were reduced.