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Panel outlines steps to control prison costs, curb crime; plan could cut future costs by $340 million

Faced with growing inmate populations, mounting taxpayer costs and troubling recidivism rates, a group of Kentucky criminal justice leaders are advancing recommendations to curb prison growth and improve public safety. The CJPAC Justice Reinvestment Work Group on Tuesday announced a comprehensive set of data-driven recommendations for the upcoming legislative session that would reduce recidivism, hold...

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...