They helped 50,000 with free legal aid last year. Bevin wants to cut their budget.

By ​Will Wright

January 19, 2018 04:43 PM

Updated January 21, 2018 06:11 AM

Directors of the state’s civil legal aid programs warned in a joint letter Thursday that Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed state budget would leave thousands of low-income Kentuckians without access to essential legal assistance.

Bevin’s spending plan would eliminate $1.365 million over two years that helps fund the state’s four civil legal aid programs, which together help more than 50,000 Kentuckians get access to legal assistance each year. Their clients often include veterans, the disabled and victims of domestic violence.

Unlike public defenders, who work in criminal cases, these programs serve people who need help in civil cases, such as a tenant’s dispute with a landlord or a senior citizen snookered in a financial scam, and could otherwise not afford legal counsel.

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Posted: January 22, 2018