ERIC Number: ED104583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr-17
Rural Justice and Legal Assistance.
Rural Housing Alliance, Washington, DC.; Rural America, Inc., Washington, DC.
Poor rural residents are often denied equal protection, due process, and other constitutional rights given to every American. The application of justice in rural America is lacking in its: (1) law enforcement quality, (2) judicial process functions, and (3) participation by the poor and ethnic minorities residing within its jurisdiction. Several aspects of law enforcement in rural America discriminate against certain members of the rural community, often against ethnic minorities. Many rural residents feel the lack of adequate enforcement results from the distances involved and the lack of community resources. Problem areas include: lack of sophisticated criminal justice support services, bail bondsmen, counsel, and qualified judges; time lag between the court decisions (both State and Federal) and application of the new law by rural police officers; and manner in which juries are constituted. Federal intervention in local law enforcement and legal assistance has been through the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration and the Legal Services Program of the Office of Economic Opportunity. Yet, under both of these programs rural residents have been shortchanged. Attempts should be made to distribute the funds from these programs equitably between rural and urban areas. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rural Housing Alliance, Washington, DC.; Rural America, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Rural America (1st, Washington, D.C., April 1975)