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Crossroads Ads to Target Chandler

Kentucky Congressman Ben Chandler is among a dozen Democrats being targeted in a series of radio ads from the conservative-aligned Crossroads GPS organization. The ads criticize the representatives for voting against a Republican-backed bill to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, largely through major spending cuts. The spots also praise Republicans for supporting the legislation.

The Washington Post has more on what the ads say about the next year for Chandler.

The ads, which provide an early window into both parties’ most vulnerable members heading into 2012, are the second major buy Crossroads has laid down this year.

The early spending suggests that Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads plan on continuing their active presence in House and Senate elections — not to mention the presidential race — in 2012.

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GPS Monitoring Proposed for Domestic Violence Orders

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

Another level of protection for alleged victims of domestic violence is at the heart of legislation to be offered this week by Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo.

When Amanda Ross was murdered on September 11th in Lexington, a domestic violence order was in place against Steve Nunn, the man accused of killing her.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo believes legislation he will introduce Thursday could have saved Ross’ life.

“It will set up a system of GPS electronic monitoring which can be used as protection for people like Amanda Ross,” says Stumbo, “so that they will know that there’s areas that they can be safe in.”

Stumbo says he has permission from the family to call the legislation the Amanda Ross bill.

He says monitoring devices are already used in DVO cases in around 14 other states. Stumbo says the person wearing the device would have to cover any costs associated with the monitoring.

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GPS Technology Coming to Home Incarceration Prisoners

The Kentucky Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety is likely just weeks away from implementing the use of Global Positioning System devices for prisoners on home incarceration. The cabinet will hold a demonstration today for those in the system to learn how to use the technology.

It costs just over 31-dollars a day to house an inmate in a state prison. It costs about four-dollars a day to have that same inmate on home incarceration. The General Assembly this year passed a measure that allows the cabinet to place eligible inmates on home incarceration for 180 days. The previous limit was 90 days. Cabinet secretary J. Michael Brown says adding GPS to that system is even better.

“Perhaps those monitoring devices can give district court judge some assurance of where and what certain people are doing so they don’t have to sit in jail while they await trial,” says Brown, “and that will cut down on a fair amount of jail –quote- prison expense.”

Brown says the new system could cost as much as eight-dollars a day depending on technical support chosen for each inmate. He hopes the system will be in place next month.