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...

KyCIR: Critical safety issues plague Kentucky’s juvenile detention centers, report says

By Kate Howard Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting Kentucky’s juvenile detention centers overuse isolation rooms and lack basic mental health care for the thousands of youths that cycle through the system each year, a state consultant has concluded after an eight-month review. The newly released report states that the commonwealth’s detention centers had no mental health professionals...

DOC signs agreement with CoreCivic to transfer 800 inmates to Lee Adjustment Center in Beattyville

Faced with aging facilities and a growing inmate population, the Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC) has signed an agreement with CoreCivic that will help address those long-standing challenges while providing the highest level of inmate safety, public oversight, and accountability. The agreement will allow DOC to transfer approximately 800 inmates to the Lee Adjustment Center in Beattyville within...

More than $2 million in grants available to fight violence against women

Justice and Public Safety Secretary John Tilley announced that $2,094,866 in funding is available through the STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grant Program. VAWA STOP funds may be used to develop and strengthen effective law enforcement, prosecution, judicial strategies and victim services throughout Kentucky in cases involving violent crimes against women. John Tilley That includes domestic...

KyCIR: Juvenile Justice commissioner removed following death of teen in state-run detention center

By R.G. Dunlop Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting A major shakeup has occurred in the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice, less than a month after 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen died in a state-run detention center. Commissioner Bob D. Hayter, who had run the agency since November 2014, is gone, according to sources and an employee in Hayter’s former office. Hayter had been with the department...