Is the public defender’ office really the fastest growing agency in government?

Someone suggested that the Public Defenders (DPA) is one of the fastest growing agencies in state government. Their numbers and sources of income seemed, they said, is growing and growing. I wonder, has evaluated the numbers to determine whether it is the fastest growing state agency?

 One thing I do know is that DPA attorneys and their ally, the Kentucky Criminal Defense Lawyers, frequently dominate every hearing of the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committees on matters pertaining to criminal law. And why shouldn’t they. There are a number of criminal defense attorneys on the Judiciary Committees in both the house and the Senate who seem to be a willing audience.

 The Public Advocate and one or two other DPA attorneys can usually be seen around the Capital Annex whenever Legislative Committees are meeting.  Some States have laws that impose express limits on what public defenders may do, especially when it comes to lobbying through their offices, but Kentucky has none.

 My experience is that DPA attorneys routinely oppose any attempt to enforce the legal requirement that defendants WHO CAN AFFORD IT be required to pay at least some part of the cost of public defender representation. Guess who is responsible for enforcing that requirement. You guessed it, none other than the DPA.  If  Public Defenders are representing defendants who are not indigent then the Courts be be more vigilant in determining the ability of defendants to pay.


I wonder how to determine if the suggestion that DPA is the fastest growing agency in government is true?




FRIDAY – Early this morning, I had just dropped stuff off at the dry cleaners and was stopped at a stop sign on the way to work. A big garbage truck was stopped across the intersection.


The driver, a huge guy, just got out of his truck and walked across the intersection toward me. Cars were lined up behind both his truck and my car, but he didn’t care. He had something on his mind. That was pretty obvious.

He leaned down and said he wanted a word with me. Sure, I said, how can I help you? He said:

“I want to tell you Mr. Larson that I agree with you, and so do lots of others I work with and people who live in my neighborhood; we really need to throw these repeat offenders in prison. Nobody is making these people commit crimes. They are doing it. You just keep it up. We are all tired of the crime.”

The drivers of the cars who were lined up behind his truck and my car were no doubt anxious to get where they were going, but not a horn honked, nor a shout to get moving was heard. No doubt because my new best friend was huge and appeared really determined to share his thoughts with me. He was obviously not prepeared to take any crap from anyone.

Let me tell you Crime-Fighters – there are lots and lots of us out there who are sick and tired of crime and criminals and want people who commit crimes in our town to suffer consequences. People are starting to step up and speak out. GOOD!

I am so-o-o glad there are people like my pal who was driving that garbage truck that feels that we’ve got to do something. And is willing to stand up and be counted. HE’S THE MAN!

As I’ve said before:
“When it comes to these repeat felony offenders, It’s time to kick ass and take names and send the to prison. Our law-abiding public deserves that!!!”






Deterrence of Crime

MDRMichael Rushford, President of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, the posted a real world example of deterrence v. tolerance of crime.

 On Deterrence of Crime

July 16, 2014


Last year, many of us enjoyed watching Tom Hanks play thetitle role in the movie Captain Phillips. Remember, he had to deal with the takeover of a freighter by pirates off the Somalian coast.

images (1)The movie, which was based on a true story, bothered me because, while piracy in those waters was a nationally reported issue and well known to freighter companies and crews at the time the Maersk Alabama was captured, these huge ships remained virtually defenseless to the lightly armed groups of unsophisticated pirates in small boats.

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Kentucky isn’t the only state with wimpy ways to deal with Repeat FELONY OFFENDERS.

California’s “prisoner reduction program” (translation: Catch & Release) makes it difficult for them to catch the “REPEAT FELONY OFFENDERS” too.

1st – the program classified an offender as non-violent based solely on the offender’s last felony conviction rather than his entire criminal record even though many violent criminals also commit non-violent crimes;

2nd – the program fails to provide for significant incapacitation of repeat offenders, e.g., habitual thieves and burglars, who repeat their crimes secure in the knowledge that repeat offenses will not result in major incarceration as many are released after serving very short times in jails and without any significant enforcement of restitution.

3rd – Felony offenders classified as “non-violent” are required to serve their sentences in local jails, and most local jails are filled to capacity necessitating early release of most offenders.


Daily Crime Fighters’ News Blast from Ray the D.A.

LB8ML.AuSt.79WTVQ-TV Reporter Adam Adelson reports that Prosecutors and Police need Citizen Involvement to solve crimes in Lexington.


After a rash of violent crimes in Lexington, prosecutors and police are asking the community for help in solving the cases.
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