McCracken Co. Collects on Court Fees

Paducah, KY – A new report says McCracken County collected more money last year from defendants living in poverty to cover part of their attorney fees than any other county in the state. That amounts to almost $90,000 and goes towards the Commonwealth's annual $32 million bill for its public defender system. The Department of Public Advocacy credits Circuit Judge Craig Clymer and District Judge Chris Hollowell for assessing what indigent individuals can pay. According to the Paducah Sun, public defenders in McCracken County represent three out of every four charged there.