Kentucky Historical Society

Kentucky's Department of Public Advocacy: An Oral History Project

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2014OH06
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The Kentucky's Department of Public Advocacy: An Oral History Project seeks to increase the awareness of the constitutional right to legal counsel for indigents accused of or convicted of a crime and facing a loss of liberty or life. Eight former Public Advocates address their experiences in the development of the Kentucky public defender program from the 1970s to the 2000s. The project timing is in recognition of the 40th anniversary in 2012 of the creation of Kentucky's statewide public defender program and in anticipation of the 50th anniversary on March 18, 2013 of the United States Supreme Court's landmark decision requiring the appointment of counsel for indigent criminal defendants in Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335, 344 (1963).