Kentucky Pols, Judges Join Effort To Reduce Corrections Spending


Writing in the Lexington Herald-Leader, John Minton Jr., chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court, said he and key politicians in the state have become partners in an effort to reduce the $513 million corrections budget. He writes, “The annual cost of prison is a shocking $19,000 per prisoner and growing. And this growing investment in incarceration is not paying a return in increased public safety.”

Minton said he has joined Gov. Steve Beshear, Senate President David Williams and House Speaker Greg Stumbo in forming the Task Force on the Penal Code and Controlled Substances Act, which will be assisted by the Public Safety Performance Project of the Pew Center on the States. Minton writes, “Over the next several months, this task force will analyze the drivers of our inmate population growth and recommend sentencing and corrections solutions that are proven to protect public safety, hold offenders accountable and contain corrections spending.” He said the task force will take a “data-driven approach, employing methodology that has produced good results in states as diverse as Kansas, Vermont, Texas and South Carolina.”

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