Kentucky’s prison population expected to grow by 19%, cost of more than $600 million in next decade

The CJPAC Justice Reinvestment Work Group is projecting that, without significant legislative solutions, Kentucky’s inmate population will increase by 19 percent over the next ten years, overwhelming jails and prisons and burdening taxpayers with nearly $600 million in additional costs. Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley, who chairs the group, said the growth is unsustainable given Kentucky’s...

New KIDS COUNT data ranks Kentucky 34th in nation in overall child well-being; gains in health, economics

Kentucky ranks 34th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The 2017 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book, which includes county-level data, will be released in November. “Every year, the Data Book offers us a clear choice,” said Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates. “Do...

KY Youth Advocates KIDS COUNT data book gives sad snapshot of our kids; Woodford among best

The Kentucky KIDS COUNT 2016 County Data Book provides a snapshot of children by county, including county-level rankings of child well-being based on 16 different indicators. The counties with the highest rankings on child well-being include (in order) Oldham, Boone, Spencer, Woodford, and Ballard Counties. Detailed data are available for every county in Kentucky. Please click here for your county’s...

Kentucky shows improvement in Kids Count report, but poverty a ‘persistent challenge’

    By Melissa Patrick Special to KyForward   Kentucky ranks 34th in the nation for overall child well-being, showing the most improvement in health and a significant decrease in teen births in recent years, according to the Kids Count report, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Kentucky Youth Advocates.   The annual report offers a state-by-state assessment that measures...