More reforms to Ky.'s prison and judicial system likely as task force ramps up again

06/06/2011 05:10 PM

FRANKFORT — The sweeping changes lawmakers approved to the state’s penal code and drug laws might only be the beginning of corrections reforms aimed at saving Kentucky money and making its judicial system more efficient.

The General Assembly overwhelmingly approved House Bill 463 in during the spring session, making it one of the few bipartisan bright spots.

The new law reshuffles drug offenses and puts a greater focus on treatment and supervision of parolees and people on probation to cut down on the cycle of offenders bouncing in and out of prison.

As those changes begin taking hold, the task force that helped draft the recommendations that led to the new law will continue to meet. That task force could get more help from the Pew Center on the States.

The task force held its first meeting of 2011 on Friday afternoon. And it approved a survey to be sent to prosecutors, judges and more, to get their input on where the task force’s attention should be focused next.

And the task force also received a pitch from the Pew Center to get involved in Pew’s Results First program. That program will provide the task force and all branches of state government with cost savings analysis for any and all potential reforms, before they are approved.

You can see the Pure Politics report on the Task Force’s new moves below:

-Reporting and video production by Kenny Colston

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