Today’s Times has a highly pertinent piece on the dramatic effect of court fees and costs on those caught in the juvenile justice system. Obviously it relates deeply to all the economic burdens that the legal system is imposing on those least able to bear them.
What I am wondering is this: would it be possible to build an economic model that showed the impact on downward economic mobility of families of these “interventions.”
Its a hard hard question, but for a couple of decades we have tried to think of the court and legal system as at least a potential protector against poverty. What do we do when and where it becomes a driver of downward economic mobility, even for the middle class?