Kentucky is poised to release nearly 1,000 inmates about six months early as part of a new program aimed at easing their transition back into the community, reducing recidivism, and helping trim its corrections budget by about $40 million next year, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal. By providing support in such areas as finding jobs and homes in their first few months outside prison, the new program — part of a major corrections overhaul passed this year — attempts to lessen the chances that offenders will commit new crimes, said Justice Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown.
The law requires that certain inmates who are within six months of completing their sentences be released and put under supervision by the Probation and Parole Department. Previously, they would not have had any probation or parole. They were “going from the most supervised place they could be in to basically opening the door and saying: 'Good luck,' ” Brown said. “Some would succeed on their own [ ] but we know that many won't succeed because they have no transition.” Brown expects about 3,000 people to be released into the mandatory supervision program in the coming year.