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Poverty Information and Research

Between 2000 and 2009, the income share of those 20% of New Jersey households with the highest incomes increased from 48.6% to 50.2%. All others, the bottom 80%, lost income share... Read More

The Poverty Research Institute (NJPRI), established by LSNJ in 1997, is exclusively focused on providing current information about poverty in New Jersey.


The Poverty Research Institute (NJPRI) was established by LSNJ in 1997. It is the first and only initiative exclusively focused on developing and updating information on poverty in New Jersey. Our hope is that by providing poverty information, data dissemination, and analysis, major problems, especially including legal problems, of people experiencing poverty may be obviated and the consequent need for legal representation thereby reduced. A primary and continuing area of inquiry concerns the legal needs of the poor, including those for which there is no legal representation, those for which there is only partial or limited representation, as well as those for which lawyers are secured. We examine gaps in representation, assess causes and patterns, consider demographic aspects, study the consequences of having and not having representation (including having only limited representation), and analyze the effects of judicial and non-legal assistance.

PRI publishes a variety of reports addressing various aspects of poverty, including:

  • Poverty Benchmarks annual report series;
  • Real Cost of Living report series;
  • Income Inequality series;
  • Primary research reports on poverty-related issues, including need for legal representation and the effectiveness of safety net services;
  • Various other reports relevant to poverty in New Jersey.


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