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.
HB 132, which was enacted in July of this year, promulgated new legislation that allows for people serving misdemeanor time in jail to have their sentences reduced. Below is the basic outline of how it works:
Good Time Credit is equal to 5 days per month. Assuming no write-ups, an inmate can earn a 60 day reduction in time off a twelve (12) month sentence;
An inmate earning his/her GED will earn a thirty (30) day reduction;
Work Detail- If an inmate participates in jobs within the jail, ie. kitchen, grounds, etc. he/she earns 1 credit for every 8 hours worked. After earning 5 credits, an inmate earns 1 day off of their sentence. In other words, an inmate can earn 1 day off their sentence for every 40 hours week they work.
Inmates on work release do not earn any work credit but can earn their good time;
Sentences shall be readjusted dating back to July 15, 2016.
The state prison system has had a scheme in place like this for a long time. It is good to see the local jails follow suit.