Governor’s budget would cut critical programs

Kentucky’s civil legal aid programs serve the working poor, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, nursing home residents, and victims of domestic violence.

Op-Ed (Kentucky)

Robert Johns
Richmond Register (KY)
January 31, 2018

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid of the Bluegrass (Kentucky), Kentucky Legal Aid (KLA), Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc. (AppalRed Legal Aid) (Kentucky), Legal Aid Society of Kentucky


Denial of justice has a cost to every community: increased costs to law enforcement and shelters when the factors involved in domestic violence are not resolved; increased costs to local governments due to decreased property values and loss of tax revenue in areas blighted by foreclosures; increased costs to local emergency rooms when uninsured people are not enrolled in public benefits, like Medicaid, to which they may be entitled. For every dollar spent on civil legal aid annually, the clients gain $2.20 and the community gains $7.42.