Attorneys representing criminal prosecution and defense see recent passage of federal criminal justice reforms as beneficial in moving Kentucky policy makers to act on state reforms. As Stu Johnson of member station WEKU reports, it’s highly likely to be a topic during the upcoming general assembly session.
The Bureau of Prisons has issued a record of decision signaling that it is moving ahead with plans to build a federal prison on the site of a former strip mine in the hills of Letcher County, Kentucky. But local opponents of the prison say they’re not giving up and are considering a legal challenge to prevent the construction of a new prison.
Kentucky lawmakers are being asked to make significant changes in the state’s criminal justice system. Much of the formal capitol rotunda announcement Tuesday focused on ways to reduce prison populations and save taxpayer dollars.