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Kentucky lawmakers seek firsthand accounts of prison experiences, join #VisitAPrison Challenge

Members of the Kentucky General Assembly sought firsthand accounts of prison experiences from inmates, visitors and guards when they visited the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women Friday. The visit by members of the Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus was part of the #VisitAPrison Challenge, a growing push for policymakers across the nation to personally learn more about the criminal justice system...

Beshear grants 197 pardons, six commutations before leaving governor’s office

In his final executive action before leaving office, Gov. Steve Beshear granted 197 pardons and six commutations to individuals sentenced for a range of offenses. Throughout his eight years in office, Beshear received more than 3,400 requests for pardons that were reviewed over several months by the governor and his staff. Steve Beshear “I spent many long days weighing the merits and circumstances...