History of Legislation
SB 124 decriminalizes the possession or use of marijuana when prescribed by a physician or used in an FDA-approved clinical trial.
Kentucky Dept. of Corrections Budget: $272.5 million
State Expenses: $311.7 million
Avg Annual Cost per inmate: $14,603
State Population: 4.413 million people
State Incarcerated Population: 21,701 people
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March 7, 2017
Originally seen in WDRB. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A bipartisan group of legislators and advocates, led by Gov. Matt Bevin, has unveiled a major criminal justice reform bill. Senate Bill 120 is designed to help people with criminal records stay out of jail, and get back to work. Supporters say it would both save taxpayer dollars… Read more »
February 28, 2017
Complete article found via Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky has much to be proud of, but we cannot be blind to the commonwealth’s greatest challenges, and we must be honest about failed policies that hold us back. Over the past decade, I have become immersed in the work of the Hope Center, which began as a safe housing… Read more »
February 17, 2016
(WKU Public Radio) — A bill proposed in the state House of Representatives would reduce penalties for some crimes with the goal of saving the state money, according to the legislation’s sponsor. Rep. Brent Yonts, a Democrat from Greenville, has filed a bill that would create a new crime category called “gross misdemeanor,” which would… Read more »
November 4, 2013
(Los Angeles Times) — As drug dealers go, Lori Ann Newhouse was strictly small time. A high school dropout from a little Iowa town, Newhouse had three sons, a low-paying job as a telemarketer and a relentless methamphetamine habit. On St. Patrick’s Day in 2011, Newhouse bought cold tablets used to make meth and traded them to a lab for… Read more »