BLACK VOICES
08/30/2011 01:22 pm ET Updated Oct 30, 2011

Legal Aid Programs For Poor Across The Country Struggle With Deep Cuts To Funding

JACKSON, Miss. – Programs that provide free legal aid to the poor are laying off employees, cutting services and increasingly turning away people who need assistance, as slashed budgets face deeper cuts.

"It's a really dire situation," says Rebekah Diller, deputy director of the justice program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. "Courts around the country are struggling right now with massive amounts of people who have no legal representation."

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