State cuts mean less help for our low-income neighbors

As a former prosecutor of child abuse cases, I’m familiar with the courtroom, and know that our legal system is not meant to be navigated by lay people, especially those in the midst of crisis.

Op-Ed (North Carolina)

Lee Anne Mangone
Asheville Citizen-Times (NC)
August 22, 2017

Tags: Funding: State & Local

Organizations mentioned/involved: Pisgah Legal Services (PLS) (North Carolina)


I want to live in a state that promotes justice for all, not just those who can afford it. Our staff and volunteer attorneys fight tirelessly for our clients — to help them stop domestic violence or child abuse, save their homes from illegal eviction, or get the health care they need. Our clients have nowhere else to turn for help resolving their legal crises.

We are grateful to Rep. Chuck McGrady and Sen. Chuck Edwards who preserved funding for Pisgah Legal to assist veterans in the coming year. But state funds that once allowed us to assist people in crisis related to housing, income and health care have been lost.