In his letter, Judge, whose office represents thousands of clients who recieve Social Security or Supplemental Security Income and are charged with committing criminal offenses, draws on his experience to express concerns about proposed regulations implementing the fugitive felon program, which withholds benefits from those believed to be fleeing prosecution. Specifically, Judge discusses the significant obstacles his office faces in resolving fugitive felon cases, and how the proposed 90-day deadline to show good cause would severely constain their ability to represent their clients.
CHLP fights stigma and discrimination at the intersection of HIV, race, health status, disability, class, sexuality and gender identity and expression, with a focus on criminal and public health systems. As part of this work, we support movement building that amplifies the power of individuals and communities to mobilize for change rooted in racial, gender and economic justice. We do this through legal advocacy, high-impact policy initiatives, and creation of cross-issue partnerships, networks, and resources.