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Bevin launches ‘Hope and Help’ initiative to combat substance use disorder, provide vital resources

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced a new statewide public awareness effort to continue the Commonwealth’s historic momentum in combating the opioid epidemic. The Governor’s Office, in collaboration with the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet’s (JPSC) Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP), is launching the “Hope and Help” initiative to provide vital resources to individuals...

Department of Corrections launches aftercare program for inmates recovering from substance use disorder

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley joined with the state Department of Corrections (DOC) this week to announce the first-ever aftercare program within a Kentucky prison, providing a new system of support, mentoring and peer accountability for offenders in recovery from a substance use disorder. The innovative program, known as SOAR (Supporting Others in Active Recovery), focuses on relapse prevention,...

Kentucky Justice Secretary to address 2019 RX Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley will join today with leaders and experts from across the country – including President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump – to discuss solutions to the nationwide opioid crisis at the 2019 RX Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta. Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley Secretary Tilley will speak on innovative reforms and initiatives that are underway...

John Tilley announces grant applications for federal Victims Of Crime Act to be available on May 3

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley has announced that applications will be available May 3 for obtaining grants under the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). Programs that offer direct services to victims of violent crime may apply for the funds. Applications are due by June 15, and awards are scheduled to be announced in October. The VOCA program provides a range of services to crime victims,...

Justice Secretary John Tilley announces $1.9 million available to fight violence against women

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley announced this week that $1.9 million in funding is available through the STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grant Program. The application period officially opens Aug. 14. Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley VAWA funds may be used to develop and strengthen law enforcement, prosecution, judicial strategies and victim services in cases throughout Kentucky...

Kentucky Justice Secretary Tilley talks criminal justice reform at White House on Friday

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley traveled to Washington, D.C., on Friday as part of a Prison Reform Summit hosted by the White House, where he spoke as one of several leading experts on reentry programs for inmates. President Donald Trump organized the summit in support of efforts to lower the nation’s prison population, improve prison conditions and strengthen programs that help inmates successfully...

Kentucky Justice Cabinet awards $900,000 in grants for alternative programs to supervise youth offenders

The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and the Department of Juvenile Justice has announced $900,000 in grants for local programs that help supervise youth in the community, allowing Kentucky to focus secure facilities on the most serious offenders. The grants are part of a new juvenile justice incentive fund that was established this year to support community-based services, treatment programs...

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...