Kentucky

How You Can Advocate for Sentencing Reform in Your State

You can do several things to work toward reforming your state’s sentencing laws – go to our get involved page to find out how.

Encourage your state lawmakers to support mandatory minimum sentencing reform. Be sure to connect with FAMM and other sentencing reformers on Facebook, Twitter, and by signing up for our email list.

Sentencing/Criminal Justice Reform Groups in this State:


February 17, 2016

Sentencing Reform Bill Will Save Kentucky Millions, Lawmaker Says

(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

Use of Tough Federal Sentencing Laws Varies Widely Nationwide

(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 »


September 27, 2013

ALEC: A Safety Valve for Overcrowded Prisons

(Washington Times op-ed by Cara Sullivan, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)) — The Senate Judiciary Committee met on Sept. 18 to examine the efficacy of mandatory-minimum sentences and to discuss “safety-valve” policies that would increase judicial discretion, maximize the effectiveness of the criminal justice system and increase safety among the nation’s communities. Policymakers are correct to be concerned… Read more »


September 26, 2013

Ky.’s Prison Reform a Model for Nation with Lower Costs, Recidivism

(Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington, KY) — Nearly two months ago, when the U.S. attorney general announced major reforms for the Justice Department, those of us who oversee Kentucky’s criminal justice system couldn’t help but feel a strong sense of déjà vu.   That’s because the problems noted in the federal system — skyrocketing prison populations coupled… Read more »