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Grant program applications of nearly $2 million to fight violence against women available on Aug. 3

Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Mary Noble announced that applications will be available Aug. 3 to apply for grant funding under the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Services, Training, Officers, Prosecution (STOP) Formula Grant Program. “Our state will distribute almost $2 million in federal funding through the VAWA STOP grant program to victim...

Beshear announces plan to open Southeast State Correctional Complex in Wheelwright

Gov. Andy Beshear and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet on Thursday announced plans for the Department of Corrections to open and operate Southeast State Correctional Complex. “The 656-bed prison is located in Wheelwright, and its opening will reduce the number of state inmates in county jails,” said Beshear. “The state commits to safely and effectively running this state prison, while being...

Bevin, KSP announce statewide victims assistance program; trained advocates to provide support

Gov. Matt Bevin on Thursday joined with Kentucky State Police, the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, and the federal Office of Justice Programs, within the Department of Justice, to announce a new initiative that will provide trained advocates at every KSP post to support and assist victims of crime. KSP is among the first state police agencies to implement this program on a statewide basis. The program,...

Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Secretary John Tilley touts treatment over incarceration

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News State Justice and Public Safety Secretary John Tilley told foreign scholars visiting Kentucky Friday that treatment, instead of incarceration, is what is needed to help people who suffer from addiction — a stand that is still a hard sell for some in Kentucky. “The best place to treat addiction is not a prison cell,” Tilley said. “And I...

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...

Five officers to be honored at Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony on May 24

Five Kentucky law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty will be honored at the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony on May 24 at the memorial monument site in Richmond. The name of Louisville Metro police officer Nicholas Rodman, who died in the line of duty March 29, 2017, will be added to the memorial. Additionally, Louisville police officer James Harrison, Clarkson...

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...