2.3 Discussion board: What would it look like to use a legal empowerment approach to address the injustice in your community?

This is your chance to reflect on how what you’ve learned about how legal empowerment might be useful in addressing injustices in your community. Consider the injustice you mentioned at the beginning of the course. In the comments below, describe how legal empowerment might offer a different response to the injustice. If it helps, you could even describe what you see as the traditional response and imagine how a legal empowerment approach might add something new. Is there an opportunity to combine the power of people with the power of law to address the problems you are facing? Do you see any parallels from the historical examples that were shared?

Put your response in the comments below. Afterwards, take a few minutes to read and reflect on the answers from others. Pose them a question or provide an encouragement as you go on this journey together.

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Pre-trial detainees can be trained as paralegals on basic legal processes and procedures. In my context, the law allows for self-representation. Thus far, where these persons are trained, they can easily draft and apply for bail where they are tried within a reasonable time as stipulated by law. Collectively, a lot of people will not spend long periods in detention pending trial.

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