Friday, December 16, 2011

KY To Release 1,000 Inmates Six Months Early Under New Law - Louisville Courier Journal

996 Kentucky inmates get out early in new prison plan

Easing transition, fighting recidivism are main goals

Kentucky is poised to release nearly 1,000 inmates about six months early as part of a mandatory new program aimed at easing their transition back into the community, reducing recidivism and helping trim its corrections budget by about $40 million next year.

 By providing support in such areas as finding jobs and homes in their first few months outside prison, the new program — part of a major corrections overhaul passed earlier this year — attempts to lessen the chances that offenders will commit new crimes, Justice Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown said.