Prison Overcrowding Bill Clears House Committee

by Tony McVeigh on February 15, 2011

Comprehensive legislation designed to reduce overcrowding in Kentucky jails and prisons cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday night.

The House Judiciary Committee said yes to a package of penal code revisions sponsored by Democratic Representative John Tilley of Hopkinsville. The bill, which Tilley predicts will save Kentucky $42 million a year over the next 10 years, is expected to get a House floor vote on Thursday.

The measure, which has bipartisan support, provides alternatives to prison for non-violent drug offenders, and seeks to reduce recidivism rates through drug treatment programs.

Similar legislation has been filed by Republican Sen. Tom Jensen of London, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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