Budget Cuts To Force Legal Aid Job Losses

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Legal aid advocates say a $1 million cut in services for the poor in the final version of the budget will force job losses.

Jamie Odle represents the state's regional Legal Aid offices, which provides emergency civil legal help to the poor. Odle said the decisions in Frankfort affect the lives of people and the state's justice system.

The state Department of Public Advocacy, which provides public defenders to poor people charged with crimes, also plans to eliminate more than 50 jobs because of cuts in the budget.

Ernie Lewis, head of the state public defender's office, said there's going to be considerable disruption in the court system.

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