Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Special Edition of the Advocate is Now Available: The Kentucky Penal Code

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KY’s  Penal Code that was a model when enacted but now at the age of  40 is highly degraded. The history of the Code and its degradation is important context for what is needed  to bring the Code back to its Model status. Former Public Advocate Ernie Lewis and Jefferson County Public Defender Dan Goyette have laid out the long tortuous history of the Code in this issue of The Advocate. To demonstrate the longstanding need for reform, the 1991 charge by the late Frank Haddad Jr. calling for reform has been reprinted in this issue. This issue also includes information on the current growing DOC population especially the over 8,000 inmates incarcerated for PFO and violent offenses.

Significantly, the Kentucky Bar Association Criminal Law Section and the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law are sponsoring the Third Annual Forum on Criminal Law Reform in the Commonwealth of Kentucky on Friday, November 7, 2014.  It features Paul Robinson, the nation’s leading penal code authority, the chairs of Kentucky’s Judiciary Committees and panelists directly involved in efforts to reform the KY Code. The forum will be held from 11:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the School of Law's Allen Courtroom. The program has been accredited for 3.50 CLE credits in Kentucky. Admission to the forum is free, but space is limited.  Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until the seminar capacity is reached.  A registration form with the full agenda is available on the Criminal Law Section's website.  To register, you must download the paper form and return it via email to, FAX to Lori Alvey at (502) 564-3225 or mail to 514 West Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.  The registration deadline is Friday, October 31. For any questions, contact:

Lori J. Alvey
Program & Publications Attorney/Section Liaison
Kentucky Bar Association
514 W. Main St.
Frankfort, KY  40601
(502) 564-3795 ext. 253
(502) 564-3225 FAX

October 2014 Advocate