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Kentucky Teacher: Russell Independent school’s KRUSH program helps erase stigma of Incarceration

By Jacob Perkins Kentucky Teacher Kids Rising Up through Support and Healing (KRUSH) has cultivated a sense of family for students that have seen their own families affected by the harsh reality of incarceration. A reality that has become far too common in the Commonwealth. According to data accumulated by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a Baltimore-based nonprofit that focuses on child welfare, 15%...

Transition back into Kentucky’s communities can be a challenge for those who have faced incarceration

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Researchers are following 230 Kentuckians who either are incarcerated or have recently been released, as part of a national program designed to help people transition back into society after serving their time. By working with local corrections departments and community-based providers, the Safe Streets and Second Chances Initiative focuses on a holistic approach...

Commentary: Consensus emerging behind reforming Kentucky’s troubled criminal justice system

By Dave Adkisson and Jason Bailey Special to KyForward Kentucky’s skyrocketing incarceration trendlines are bringing worry lines to legislators’ faces in Frankfort.  There is, however, a growing consensus and hope among various stakeholder groups, including jailers, the chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court, civil rights advocates, prosecutors, think tanks, the business community and other...

Daniel Cameron: Kentucky’s criminal justice system is broken; but we can fix it with proven reforms

In May of next year, Ken­tucky will run out of prison space, and without substantive changes, the Commonwealth may be forced to release prisoners early. How did we get here? Well, at a time when the nation’s incarceration rate declined for the third consecutive year, Kentucky’s incarceration rate continues to surge at a dizzying pace. The Commonwealth’s female incarceration rate is more than...

Pew Trusts: Seven 2017 statistics that informed, inspired us to tackle today’s toughest challenges

Pew Charitable Trusts takes on some of today’s toughest issues, by applying a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public police, inform the public and invigorate civic life. Here are the stats that drove Pew’s work in 2017: 1. Opioids claim 91 American lives daily That sobering stat stems in part from two others: • More than 20 million Americans have a substance use disorder (so...