Legal Services for Poor Face Growing Need and Less Funding – ProPublica

By , May 19, 2011 1:29 pm

Providers of civil legal services to the poor are having to furlough their staff, triage their clients, and turn away more people in need as a result of the congressional budget compromise reached last month. Legal services may include defending low-income individuals dealing with predatory lending, domestic violence, landlord-tenant disputes or foreclosure. As weve noted, legal experts have particularly urged to Congress to adequately fund legal services in order to alleviate the crisis of flawed foreclosures.

But far from seeing any budget increases, the umbrella nonprofit group Legal Services Corporation had its funding cut by $15.8 million—about 4 percent of its most recent budget—as a result of last months budget compromise. It was spared a $75 million cut first proposed by House Republicans.

via Legal Services for Poor Face Growing Need and Less Funding – ProPublica.

Inside Criminal Justice

By , May 13, 2011 10:30 am

The racism within the police-court-prison system is one of America’s most neglected evils, as is the impact it has on the poor African-American and Latino communities that are home for so many released convicts.

via Inside Criminal Justice.

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