Kentucky prisons

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  Kentucky is taking part in a new research program aimed at reducing the recidivism rate of the state’s prison inmates. Kentucky is one of four states participating in the project.


  A study by a Campbellsville University professor finds Kentucky has a lack of standardized programs aimed at helping former inmates re-enter society.

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A Kentucky detention center has asked the state Department of Corrections to lift its restrictions on the number of state prisoners it can hold.

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The two-year spending plan passed by the Kentucky House budget committee allocates $70 million to reopen three private prisons.

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Kentucky has the 9th highest incarceration rate in the nation. The commonwealth is seeing an increasing prison population at the same time the national incarceration declined for the third consecutive year.

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A work group studying Kentucky’s prison system predicts additional incarceration costs totaling more than a half billion dollars over the next decade, if further legislative remedies aren’t pursued. 

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Jefferson County’s top prosecutor is calling on Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin to take action on overcrowded jails in Louisville and across the state.

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State prisons are at capacity, county jails are overcrowded and the state is recommending transferring about 1,600 inmates to private prisons that have been shuttered for the past several years.


End-of-term pardons are a rare tradition in most states. But not Kentucky.

Critics say the practice should end. They argue Kentucky’s chief executives should use the pardon powers more regularly, instead of waiting until they’re packing up their offices. 

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If each U.S. state were its own country, Kentucky would have the seventh-highest incarceration rate in the world, according to a recent analysis by the Prison Policy Initiative.