With reporting from Kentucky Public Radio’s Brenna Angel. Nearly 250 inmates are being paroled in Jefferson County Wednesday as part of Kentucky’s early release program, which is meant to save the state money while offering transitional services to offenders. The program, being called the Mandatory Re-Entry Supervision Program, is estimated to save up to $40… Continue reading Nearly 250 Inmates Released Early in Jefferson County
The legislation is meant to reduce prison costs and crowding largely by steering drug offenders toward treatment programs. Senate Judiciary Committee chair Tom Jensen says it also gives police more flexibility to issue citations for misdemeanor drug crimes, such as marijuana possession, rather than make arrests.
The bill’s proponents say it will save the state more than $400 million over ten years. About half of those savings will be reinvested into programs to keep the prison population low.
City officials Wednesday announced a new program that will help released prisoners re-adjust to day to day life.
A man who died this morning in a standoff with law officials is believed to have escaped from a Louisville Metro Corrections facility.
After facing its third lawsuit over last month’s budget cuts, Louisville Metro Government is now considering layoffs.
The head of Louisville Metro Corrections says many of his employees won’t be furloughed, and will instead find other ways to trim his department’s budget.
Louisville Metro Government has a new corrections director. The new chief is Mark Bolton, who comes from Arizona, where he was the director of community corrections. Before that, he managed jails in Washington state and was an advisor for the Iraqi National Prison System.
Jails aren’t pretty, and their not supposed to be. But now jails have programs to help inmates turn their lives around, and in Louisville art is part of the mix. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. Jails across the country are overcrowded, and more than half of the 13 million people who are released from local jails… Continue reading Art Projects at Local Jail Reach Beyond the Bars