Casey’s Law is new legislation enacted to help families and friends help a loved one get the help they need below is a copy of the statute
One of the hardest things to do when inmates get out of prison, is to find jobs. Let alone good jobs. Today, Governor Bevin unveiled a new apprenticeship program that will help inmates learn skilled jobs. This will help inmates meet employers and receive training while still serving their time. Then, once they are released, they will be more prepared to find good jobs.
See this news article for more information.
Fighting Drug Overdoses
KY State Troopers are stepping up their involvement in fighting opioid addiction and preventing overdoses. KSP will roll-out its Angel Initiative in March in recognizing that a big part of Kentucky’s drug problem involves the inaccessibility of treatment programs and resources. The Initiative will allow people who are addicted to opiates to come to any KSP post to receive aid in locating treatment programs and resources without fear of being arrested. This is a great step in the right direction by recognizing that treatment and education are better tools than criminal punishment for those who need help in breaking the chains of addiction. KSP hopes to expand the Initiative across the state and become the first state with a state-wide program.
Follow this link for more information about the program:
Panhandling Ordinance Found Unconstitutional
The KY Supreme Court has struck down a Lexington, Kentucky ordinance that regulates panhandling in or near streets and other public places in the city. The Court found that the ordinance violated panhandler’s First Amendment rights to Free Speech. The Court has recommended that the man who brought this lawsuit’s conviction should also be overturned.
See the story here for more information: http://www.lex18.com/story/34521771/lexington-panhandling-law-knocked-down-in-supreme-court
Re-Entry for Convicts
Today, Governor Bevin introduced a new law to help convicts’ re-entry into society. Senate Bill 120 (SB120) was introduced to the KY Senate for consideration by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator Whitney Westerfield sponsored the bill. The purpose of the Bill is to help those who have served their time to get jobs and treatment. This bill resulted from the Criminal Justice Reform panel that Governor Bevin initiated this past summer.
Criminal Justice Reform
This past summer, Kentucky’s Governor created a council to consider proposed changes to the state’s criminal justice system. The council has created proposals for criminal justice reform in the state. This would result in reduced jail time for many lower level offenses. This new approach is often referred to by the slogan, “Smart on Crime.” Lawmakers will consider the council’s recommendations in coming legislative sessions.
See this article for more information: http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-lawmakers-consider-sweeping-changes-criminal-justice-system#stream/0
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KY Judge, Amul Thapar, is on President-Elect, Donald Trump’s list of 21 candidates he is considering to fill the US Supreme Court vacancy. Read the article below to learn more about Judge Thapar.
Capital Punishment and Mental Illness:
Whether you are in favor of the death penalty or against it, the following story could lead to a very disturbing result.
Are we going to put to death those who suffer from mental disease? Are the methods we use to determine the issue of competence outdated?
We are getting ready to find out. See the article below.
Death penalty, the mentally disabled at issue for justices:
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