Kentucky Could Become Third State Not To Fund Legal Aid

State lawmakers are considering cutting the program to save money in a budget crunch caused by massive pension liabilities and stagnant revenues.

News Story (Kentucky)

Associated Press (AP)
March 27, 2018

Tags: Funding: State & Local

Organizations mentioned/involved: Kentucky Access to Justice Commission (KAJC), Kentucky Legal Aid (KLA), Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc. (AppalRed Legal Aid) (Kentucky), Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


State tax dollars flow to the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission, which divides the money among four nonprofits that provide legal services in all 120 counties. If state funding is eliminated, the nonprofits say they likely would not have to close. But they would lose 14 of the 79 full-time attorneys who handle an average of about 250 cases each.

“We’re talking about hundreds of clients who would not be able to be served,” said Robert Johns, director of AppalReD Legal Aid in eastern Kentucky.