A study indicates legal help is out of the reach of thousands of Missourians. University of Missouri political scientist Greg Casey has done a three-year study that shows the state’s legal aid program is so short of money it has to ration the help it gives to the poor. He says poor people sometimes have multiple legal problems that pile up because they can’t get the help they need for the first issue. Casey says the study has identified more than 231 legal issues that affect the poor. He says the average household living in poverty has more than six of them.
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