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Emily Swintosky: Seeking Justice in the Courts

Emily Swintosky: Seeking Justice in the Courts

As a Felony Investigator with the Department of Public Advocacy (DPA) in the Lexington North Trial Office, Emily Swintosky assists indigent individuals charged with a crime in Kentucky. Frequently, criminal defendants come from disenfranchised social groups and have difficulty with poverty, addiction, and/or mental illness. They need assistance maneuvering through the complicated and often biased criminal justice system.

Graduating from the criminal justice Master's Program at Eastern Kentucky University in 2010, Ms. Swintosky has the ability to recognize the issues facing criminal defendants and the tools to challenge society's perceptions of those charged with a crime. She works closely with public defender attorneys and social workers to create the best possible outcome for her clients including advocating for alternatives to long-term incarceration. Emily's duties include, but are not limited to, advanced and complex defense investigation, mitigation investigation, interviewing of witnesses and victims, and testifying at court proceedings.

Ms. Swintosky's work also extends to death penalty eligible cases, another complicated issue in the criminal justice system. Additionally, she teaches and supervises student interns from EKU who are interested in criminal defense investigation and public advocacy work. Emily's previous employment includes work with DPA's Kentucky Innocence Project (KIP) which assists Kentuckians convicted of a crime who have a claim of innocence; she interned with KIP as a graduate student at EKU.

Published on August 17, 2016

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