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Businesses Working to Give Kentuckians Second Chances

Aubrey Vaughan Travis | February 26, 2020
There is a promising cultural shift across the business community in Kentucky to hire those needing a second chance after re-entering the workforce. Read more

Being Right on Bail

Julie Warren | September 13, 2018
Across the country, lawmakers have undertaken a critical examination of their state’s pretrial justice system, particularly where cash bail is concerned.  Kentucky has led on this issue for decades,…

Kentucky Must Now Address Its Prison Overcrowding Issues!

Julie Warren | February 22, 2018
Kentucky is seven weeks into its 2018 legislative session and there are numerous important issues that demand lawmakers’ attention.  Pensions and budgetary issues have, and will continue to consume…

Money Bail Recommendations for Kentucky

Julie Warren | January 17, 2018
In August 2017, Governor Bevin convened a reinvestment working group within the Criminal Justice Policy Assessment Council (CJPAC). He charged the group with “develop[ing] fiscally-sound, data driven criminal justice…

Kentucky Cannot Afford Criminal Justice Reform Fatigue

Julie Warren | January 15, 2018
This article by Julie Warren originally appeared in Lexington Herald Leader on January 12th, 2018. Gov. Matt Bevin’s Justice Reinvestment Work Group announced last month that, without reform, the state’s prison population is…

Drug Courts Cut Crime and Costs

Katie Greer | January 4, 2018
2017 marked a turning point for the United States. When President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency, the federal government recognized what states such as Kentucky were…

‘Tough on Crime’ is Political Lip Service

Julie Warren | August 31, 2017
In a recent interview with Kentucky Educational Television, Holly Harris, from Justice Action Network, hit the nail on the head in her refute of the effectiveness of the incarceration-first…

Kentucky’s Commitment to Criminal Justice Reform

Julie Warren | July 25, 2017
The State of Kentucky has exhibited tremendous leadership in the area of criminal justice reform.  Over the last few years the State has endeavored to thoroughly examine its adult…

Kentucky Going “Smart on Crime”

Right on Crime | October 8, 2014
With a burgeoning prison population, Kentucky has begun to think of more cost-effective ways to handle this problem. Looking towards alternative sentencing plans that have been proven to lower…
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