Public Advocate Appoints Sara Zeurcher CTB West Directing Attorney

The Public Advocate is pleased to announce that Sara Zeurcher has been appointed as Directing Attorney of the Capital Trial Branch West. Sara joined DPA in 2010 as an attorney in the Richmond office.  She spent eight great years there before joining CTB West in October of 2018.  Originally from Illinois, Sara completed her undergraduateContinue reading “Public Advocate Appoints Sara Zeurcher CTB West Directing Attorney”

​Kentucky’s Public Defenders are Concerned about a Premature Return to Open Court Proceedings

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 26, 2020) – As a precaution to protect participants from possible exposure and spread of COVID-19, most criminal court proceedings have been suspended since March, but that is about to change and public defender leaders are worried about what they may mean for the health of their attorneys and others in the system.Continue reading “​Kentucky’s Public Defenders are Concerned about a Premature Return to Open Court Proceedings”

Andrea Kendall Appointed as CTB East Directing Attorney

The Public Advocate is pleased to announce that Andrea M. Kendall has been appointed as the Directing Attorney of the Capital Trial Branch East. Andrea joined DPA as a Public Defender Corps Fellow in the Boone Trial Office in 2011. She also worked in the Newport Trial Office before joining CTB-East in 2017. Andrea completedContinue reading “Andrea Kendall Appointed as CTB East Directing Attorney”

DPA COVID-19 Letter to Justice Cabinet and Parole Board

March 26, 2020 — DPA sent a letter today to the Justice Cabinet Secretary Hon. Mary Noble, and Ms. Leila A. VanHoose, Chair of the Parole Board requesting that they take action to reduce the number of incarcerated persons within the Commonwealth for their own protection and for the protection of all Kentuckians. You canContinue reading “DPA COVID-19 Letter to Justice Cabinet and Parole Board”

We Must Significantly Reduce the Jail Population to Protect Kentuckians from COVID-19

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread throughout Kentucky, we urge you to heed the advice of Chief Justice Minton and “safely release as many defendants as we can as quickly as we can” from Kentucky jails. [1] [Minton Twitter] “We know what a potential disaster this could be and it’s our responsibility to work with jailersContinue reading “We Must Significantly Reduce the Jail Population to Protect Kentuckians from COVID-19”

Status Report on the 2011 Death Penalty Assessment Team Recommendations

DPA’s Public Advocate Damon Preston, along with prior Public Advocates and Executive Directors of the Louisville Metro Public Defender’s Office, compiled this report on the lack of action taken by Kentucky to address serious deficiencies in the administration of the death penalty in Kentucky. What follows is an excerpt from the executive summary, but youContinue reading “Status Report on the 2011 Death Penalty Assessment Team Recommendations”

Governor Turns Over Rock of Criminal Justice System, Finds Much Messiness

On Wednesday, December 11, 2019, my client Kurt Smith slept outside of a correctional facility for the first time since he was a teenager, after receiving a pardon from Governor Bevin. He was not the only one, many people received commutations and pardons that either resulted in release, or gave them hope for release for the first time ever.