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A new Kentucky expungement law makes it possible for thousands of Kentuckians to clear their criminal records. Clearing your criminal record through expungement can help you find a job and move on from a criminal charge. Clean Slate Kentucky is a free public service that provides information and training to Kentuckians with criminal records and those who work with affected communities. We aim to make expungement more accessible to all Kentuckians.

 

To find out if you are eligible for expungement, visit the Clean Slate Kentucky website, Facebook or Twitter.

 

Read more about the new felony expungment law HERE.

DPA In the News

CORRECTION REFORMS CAN SAVE KENTUCKY NEEDED CASH, PUBLIC DEFENDER SAYS 

BY NICK STORM, PURE POLITICS, CN2, DEC. 13, 2015

With a new governor in the Capitol and a 60-day budget session on the horizon most advocates are fine tuning their pitches for an increase in funding, but Kentucky Public Advocate Ed Monahan is seeking reforms within the criminal justice system which could save the commonwealth cash.

TO READ MORE AND VIEW THE VIDEO, GO TO MYCN2.COM

 
SENSIBLE REFORMS TO FUND MORE PUBLIC DEFENDERS 

PUBLISHED BY THE COURIER-JOURNAL ON DEC. 4, 2015

"Kentucky faces huge financial challenges as we head into a new administration and the first General Assembly session under Gov.-elect Matt Bevin. So it's encouraging when a group desperate for more money comes to the table with solid solutions for how to come up with what it needs.

That's the case with Kentucky Public Advocate Ed Monahan."

TO READ MORE, GO TO COURIER-JOURNAL.COM

DPA MAIN OFFICE HAS MOVED

The Department of Public Advocacy has moved to:

5 MILL CREEK PARK, FRANKFORT, KY 40601

FROM LOUISVILLE:
I-64 East
Take exit 58 from I-64 E onto US 60E / Versailles Road
Take your first right onto KY-1681 / Duncan Lane
Turn right on Mill Creek Park (entrance to complex)
Take your first right in the complex
You will see the Department of Public Advocacy directly in front of you
Additional parking is located behind the building

FROM LEXINGTON
I-64 West
Take exit 58 from I-64 W
Turn left onto US-60/Versailles Road
Take your first right onto KY-1681 / Duncan Lane
Turn right on Mill Creek Park (entrance to complex)
Take your first right in the complex
You will see the Department of Public Advocacy directly in front of you
Additional parking is located behind the building

The Advocate

FEATURED IN THIS MONTH'S ADVOCATE:

  • Costs of Relying Upon Incarceration or Standard Term of Probation for the Young Adult Population
  • Personal Cost of Reliance Upon Incarceration as Primary Strategy for Keeping the Public Safe
  • What Makes Sense for Kentucky?

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Our Mission

To provide each client with high quality services through an effective delivery system, which ensures a defender staff dedicated to the interests of their clients and the improvement of the criminal justice system. The Department of Public Advocacy is an independent agency attached for administrative purposes to the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet headed by John Tilley, Secretary. DPA is the statewide public agency providing public defender service in all of Kentucky's 120 counties as will as Kentucky's appellate courts.

History of the DPA

A half century ago the Kentucky Supreme Court held that "common justice demands" that an attorney must be appointed when a person charged with a felony is too poor to hire his own counsel. Gholson v. Commonwealth, 212 S.W.2d 537 (Ky. 1948). In the 1960s Kentucky attorneys began to request compensation when they were forced to represent indigents charged with a crime. In 1963, the United States Supreme Court determined that if a state wants to take away a person's liberty, it has to provide an attorney to those persons too poor to hire their own in order to comply with the Federal Constitution. Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963). While consistently unsuccessful in convincing Kentucky's highest Court that the judiciary could and should order payment, Kentucky's appointed attorneys did persuade the Kentucky Supreme Court to the point that the Court began to directly encourage the General Assembly to provide a systematic solution for paying the attorneys who were being made to represent the accused. On September 22, 1972, Kentucky's highest Court characterized the forced representation of indigents as an "intolerable condition" and held it was an unconstitutional taking of an attorney's property - his service to the client - without compensation. From then on no Kentucky attorney could be required to represent an indigent absent compensation. Bradshaw v. Ball, 487 S.W.2d 294 (Ky. 1972). While the appeal in Bradshaw was pending, the 1972 Legislature, at the request of Governor Wendell Ford, created the Office of Public Defender, now the Department of Public Advocacy (DPA), and gave it the responsibility to represent all persons in Kentucky charged with or convicted of a crime. House Bill 461 sponsored by Representatives Kenton, Graves and Swinford passed the House 60-18 on March 7, 1972 and the Senate 26-5 on March 14, 1972. It allocated $1,287,000 for FY 73 and FY 74.

 

See Also...
  CLE Opportunities for Criminal Defense Bar
Conferences, live distance learning, and recorded online distances learning from the DPA's Kentucky Public Defender College.
 

Department of Public Advocacy
5 Mill Creek Park
Frankfort, KY 40601

(502) 564-8006 - Phone
(502) 695-6767 - Fax

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Last Updated 4/26/2016