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Kentucky Department of Corrections names Randy White as deputy commissioner of Adult Institutions

The Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC) has announced Randy White as deputy commissioner of Adult Institutions. In his new role, White will be in charge of all aspects of operation and administration for Kentucky’s 12 state prisons. He will also oversee the department’s substance abuse treatment, health services, correctional industries, private prison, education, and programs divisions. Randy...

Erwin named commissioner for Ky. Department of Corrections; Dailey selected as deputy commissioner

James Erwin, an accomplished leader in prison operations with more than three decades of experience, has been appointed as the new commissioner for the Department of Corrections, Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley announced Tuesday. Erwin was appointed as interim head of DOC last year after serving seven years as deputy commissioner of the Office of Adult Institutions. His career has spanned more...

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...