Gov. Beshear, Senator Adams, Rep. Moser, Advocates Hold Official Signing Ceremony for Reentry and Pregnant Women in Incarceration Bills, Celebrate Second Chance Month

Gov. Beshear, Senator Adams, Rep. Moser, Advocates Hold Official Signing Ceremony for Reentry and Pregnant Women in Incarceration Bills, Celebrate Second Chance Month

Frankfort, Ky. (April 9, 2021)— Today, in a timely celebration of April as Second Chance Month, Kentucky Smart on Crime, a coalition of 14 organizations dedicated to justice reforms in the Commonwealth, joined State Senator Julie Raque Adams of Louisville and State Representative Kim Moser of Taylor Mill in a virtual ceremony as Kentucky Gov. […]

Senate committee OKs bill to help pregnant women in prison

Senate committee OKs bill to help pregnant women in prison

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)— Committees in the state Legislature continued their work Thursday with a full slate of proposed legislation on many of their agendas. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the SB 84, dubbed “Dignity Bill Part 2” and sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams, which is aimed at providing pregnant women in incarceration the resources for […]

Bill changing felony theft statutes clears hurdle, first change in decade

Bill changing felony theft statutes clears hurdle, first change in decade

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)— Legislation that would change many petty thefts from a felony t a misdemeanor cleared a key legislative committee Wednesday, drawing praise from criminal justice reform advocates. The House Judiciary Committee advanced HB 126, sponsored by Chairman C. Ed Massey, legislation aimed at bringing Kentucky’s felony theft threshold statutes to the national median of […]

Kentucky Smart on Crime Holds 2021 General Assembly Preview Forum

Kentucky Smart on Crime Holds 2021 General Assembly Preview Forum

New and veteran lawmakers share their priorities, hear from directly impacted individuals in recovery, participate in reentry simulation Frankfort, KY (Dec. 17, 2020)— Kentucky Smart on Crime, a broad-based coalition comprised of partner organizations from across the Commonwealth held a 2021 Kentucky General Assembly Legislative Preview event on Dec. 15.  The event was co-hosted by […]

Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Announces Support for Bill Broadening Educational Opportunities to Those Seeking a Second Chance

Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Announces Support for Bill Broadening Educational Opportunities to Those Seeking a Second Chance

BR236 would eliminate a provision that prohibits individuals with felony convictions from eligibility for the KEES Scholarship Frankfort, KY (Nov. 18, 2020)— Kentucky Smart on Crime, a broad-based coalition comprised of partner organizations from across the Commonwealth, today endorsed BR 236, legislation prefiled by Kentucky State Representative James Tipton (Taylorsville), that would remove barriers to […]

Annual U.S. Department of Justice Data Shows Kentucky Continues to Struggle with Persistently High Imprisonment Rates

Annual U.S. Department of Justice Data Shows Kentucky Continues to Struggle with Persistently High Imprisonment Rates

Seventh-highest overall rate, third-highest female rate point to need for serious action from state lawmakers   Louisville, KY (Oct. 28, 2020)— New data from the federal agency charged with tracking criminal justice statistics around the nation again highlights Kentucky’s grim per capita imprisonment rate.   For the second year in a row, Kentucky had the seventh-highest […]

Kentucky Smart on Crime Adds Three New Member Organizations

Kentucky Smart on Crime Adds Three New Member Organizations

Coalition ramping up advocacy for justice system reforms LOUISVILLE, KY (Sept. 17. 2020) – Today, Kentucky Smart on Crime, a broad-based coalition that advocates for common-sense justice reforms that enhance public safety, strengthen communities, and promote cost-effective sentencing alternatives, announced the addition of three new partner organizations, NAACP of Kentucky, Kentucky Criminal Justice Forum, and […]