Public Justice Center

Public Justice Center

The PJC pursues systemic change to build a just society. As a civil legal aid office, we provide advice and representation to low-income clients, advocate with legislatures and government agencies, and collaborate with community and advocacy organizations.

Results of advocacy during the 2023 session of the Maryland General Assembly
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The passage of the Prevent Electronic Benefits Theft Act requires the Department of Human Services (DHS) to reimburse households that have had their food and cash assistance benefits stolen.
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The Public Justice Center advocated alongside many coalition partners and community members for economic justice and racial equity in the 2023 Maryland General Assembly. Together we achieved several victories and set the stage for future advocacy. Among this year’s accomplishments are laws that: Block unlicensed landlords from using eviction court, Fund Access to Counsel in Evictions, Reimburse Marylanders for food and cash benefits stolen through EBT card skimming, Expand the medically necessary gender-affirming treatment that Maryland Medicaid covers, Reimburse Marylanders who were eligible for free hospital care but were wrongly charged, Limit the state’s recovery of the overpayment of unemployment benefits due to agency mistakes, Prohibit enforcement of non-compete agreements for low-wage jobs, and Eliminate police use of marijuana odor as a basis for stops and searches.

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