Thursday, March 4, 2004

Survey: Hispanics more likely than African-Americans, whites to have legal problems, Washington cuts funding for legal aid

"The working poor appear more likely than the nonworking poor to need civil legal services. African-Americans were more likely than white residents to have legal trouble, and Hispanics were more likely than African-Americans to have such problems."

"Meanwhile, the federal government last year cut its annual stipend for the state's 75 legal aid attorneys, who provide their services either for nominal fees or for free. For example, the Nashville legal aid office — the largest in the state — lost $400,000 in funding last year. Instead of five attorneys devoted to domestic violence cases a few years ago, there are now two."

The Tennessean

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