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Public prosecutors, defenders may qualify for student loan forgiveness through grant program

Public prosecutors and public defenders in Kentucky may qualify for student loan forgiveness through the John R. Justice Grant program, administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Applications must be postmarked or received by June 19. The estimated award is $800 per year. Awards are paid directly to the lender. Eligible attorneys include prosecutors and public defenders...

Kentucky’s public defenders concerned about premature return to open court proceedings

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. On May 15, the Supreme Court of Kentucky issued an order that trial courts in June could “resume...

Public prosecutors, defenders may qualify for student loan forgiveness through KHEAA-administered grant

Public prosecutors and public defenders in Kentucky may qualify for student loan forgiveness through the John R. Justice Grant program, administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Applications must be postmarked or received by March 30. The estimated award is $800 per year. Awards are paid directly to the lender. Eligible attorneys include prosecutors and public defenders...

State’s public defenders need better pay, more help, legislative panel told

Kentucky’s public defenders are “workhorses” who need better pay, and more help, to represent the hundreds of thousands of indigent clients assigned to them each year, a state legislative panel heard Friday. Funding was proposed by Gov. Matt Bevin during the 2016 legislative session that would have funded salaries for 44 additional public defenders, Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy chief...