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Prison task force to present legislation on Jan. 19

December 02, 2010 | | Comments 4

By Linda Blackford – lblackford@herald-leader.com

FRANKFORT — A legislative task force aimed at reducing the state’s incarceration rates will present draft legislation by Jan. 19, the group’s co-chairs announced on Thursday.

Rep. John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, said the Task Force on the Penal Code and Controlled Substances Act will meet on Dec. 14 and 15 to discuss a multitude of issues that could be included in potential legislation, including looking at Kentucky’s sentencing laws, ways to help addicted and mentally ill prisoners and stronger parole programs.

The task force has partnered with the Pew Charitable Trusts, which has helped other states save money on the skyrocketing costs of prisons.

According to state officials, since 1980, the state’s prison population has grown 442 percent from 3,723 inmates to about 20,200 inmates in 2010. To pay for this increase, total state spending on corrections in 2009 reached $513 million, up from $117 million in fiscal year 1989.

“The cost of doing nothing is the real question we need to ask here,” Tilley said.

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