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DPA Commitment to Racial Justice

The Department of Public Advocacy is committed to fighting for justice for our clients and seeking systemic change to address racial inequities and law enforcement misconduct and violence. Beyond the justice system, we strive to recognize the pain and anger of our Black colleagues and friends and to combat the societal obstacles to true equality. We are also committed to personal and collective growth by listening to the voices of people of color and humbly examining our own behavior, beliefs, and language to ensure that we are not merely pointing to others, but seeking to be a part of the solution ourselves.

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WE LISTEN TO OUR CLIENTS

WE EXPLORE OPTIONS

WE CATCH MISTAKES

WE TAKE OUR CASES TO TRIAL

WE NEVER STOP FIGHTING

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​​​​​​​​​Kentucky’s statewide public defense program has 344 full-time attorneys and 155 private attorneys on contract doing conflict representation. Together, they represented 163,152 clients in Fiscal Year 2017. Our attorneys do not do this alone. They are assisted by our dedicated Alternative Sentencing Workers, Investigators, Mitigation Specialists and Office Support Professionals who serve our clients every day. We are also grateful to the public, legislators, media, judges, prosecutors and criminal justice professionals with whom we work as we strive to protect the individual liberties of our clients and as we work for solutions that serve our clients and the public. Thank you for your continued support and confidence.​​

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