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Legal Services to Poor Making Cuts

Monday, January 09, 2012

A lack of funding has prompted a legal services program for the poor to make cuts staff and reduce the number of people for whom it handles cases. Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project Executive Director Shirley Williams tells The Clarion-Ledger ( that her program's annual budget, which also includes funding from other sources, has dropped from about $700,000 in 2011 to about $550,000 this year, Williams says the program also will cut back on the number of days and hours of its legal hotline. MVLP provided free legal services to 6,830 people last year, down from 10,000 it served the previous year, and received more than 3,000 calls over the last two years on the hotline, assisting just about 2,000 of those callers.


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