Bevin appoints department veteran Damon Preston as Kentucky’s new Public Advocate

Gov. Matt Bevin and Justice Secretary John Tilley announced today that Damon Preston has been appointed as Kentucky’s next Public Advocate, continuing his decades of steadfast work at the Department of Public Advocacy (DPA) on behalf of indigent clients. Preston is taking the helm after 20 years of service at key levels of the department. Since joining the DPA in 1997, he has worked as a staff attorney,...

New ‘Clean Slate’ law provides opportunity to expunge certain felonies; free workshops available

A new law went into effect July 15 that allows certain Class D felony convictions to be vacated and charges dismissed, opening the opportunity for a ‘clean slate’ for thousands of Kentuckians. “This legislation will help people who have done their time, completed their sentences and lived law-abiding lives for many years,” Administrative Office of the Courts General Counsel...

Three sites announced for felony expungement information sessions in response to new state law

In response to Kentucky’s new felony expungement law, the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL), the Department of Public Advocacy (DPA), Clean Slate Kentucky and legal aid organizations are partnering to host a series of expungement information sessions in the coming weeks. These events are aimed at helping interested citizens understand and navigate the felony expungement process....

State Protection, Advocacy division alerts the public to restraints and seclusion in schools

The Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy division of Protection and Advocacy is alerting the public to new legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate this week addressing the use of physical restraint and seclusion against children in schools.   The Keeping All Students Safe Act was introduced in the Senate on Feb. 12 after similar legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives...

Poster exhibit of Great Black Kentuckians will be on display in Frankfort’s Sawyier Library

Framed posters of Black men and women who have made historic contributions to Kentucky’s progress in the areas of civil and human rights are being shown during Black History Month at The Paul Sawyier Public Library in Frankfort.   There will be a ceremonial opening tomorrow, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m. at the gallery located at 319 Wapping St in the Community Room. They will also be available for viewing...