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Beshear says criminal justice reform needed as prison costs, number of incarcerated continue to rise

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear says criminal justice reform is needed since prison costs and the number of those incarcerated is increasing, while at the same time the prison infrastructure is crumbling. During a Friday afternoon press conference at the Capitol, Beshear said, “Criminal justice reform isn’t just the right thing to do, but we must do it based on our current reality...

Commentary: Proposals before General Assembly risk driving corrections costs higher

By Ashley Spalding Special to KyForward Going into this legislative session, the Kentucky General Assembly was poised to make criminal justice reforms that would reduce the state’s growing inmate population and associated costs while also maintaining public safety. However, some of the criminal justice legislation moving through the legislature would take the state in a very different direction...