More Prisoners Behind Bars: Good Or Bad?

By: Sherelle Roberts Email
By: Sherelle Roberts Email

Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson is tough on criminals.

"Putting people in the penitentiary because they continue to commit crime, after crime, after crime. I don’t apologize for that," says Larson.

Nor does the Larson apologize for the findings of the Pew Report, just released today. The report which recorded crime statistics nationwide says Kentucky put more additional people in jail in 2007 than any other state.

That's an accomplishment to Larson. Since 1999, he and his staff have made an effort to get repeat offenders off the street. The tally to date is around 2,900.

"That group, that twenty-nine hundred has in its history 41,127 prior criminal convictions, not crimes, convictions," says Larson.

Larson says he's fairly confident that the majority of the additional prisoners jailed last year, are known criminals, that are now off the streets.

But not everyone sees the report Larson's way. Some, including the governor, see more dollars signs when they see more prisoners.

Governor Beshear's spokeswoman Vicki Glass released the following statement today in light of the Pew Report:

"Governor Beshear plans to create a group to review the commonwealth's penal code, sentencing guidelines and related matters to determine if we can find appropriate alternatives to incarceration under certain circumstances. We want offenders to receive the appropriate punishment and protect our public while also identifying alternatives to incarceration."

What does Ray Larson say to ideas like that?

"The fundamental or primary purpose of government is to do everything we can to guarantee the safety of the public," Larson added, "If we don't feel safe, we really don't have anything."


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  • by ME2 Location: OFFICE on Mar 27, 2008 at 01:19 PM
    I THINK IT WOULD BE A GOOD THING TO LET NON-VIOLENT OFFENDERS OUT TO SAVE THE STATE MONEY LIKE ANOTHER WRITER SAID LET THEM BE LOCKED UP IN THEIR HOME LET THEM PAY THE COST NOT THE TAX PAYER. ALSO I FEEL THEY SHOULD BE GIVEN JOBS IN THE MILITARY HELP OUT OUR TROOPS.IF THEY WANT TO COMMIT CRIME COMMITT THEM TO WAR.
  • by UNKNOWN Location: LOUISVILLE on Mar 27, 2008 at 01:12 PM
    I am reading over the commnets and I do feel what people are saying. But this is to help our state why pay for bad people to live free. Also this is not for murders they are not letting murders out it is non-volient offenders lets stick to the point.
  • by Beth Location: London on Mar 3, 2008 at 12:47 PM
    It's really simple: If you commit a crime then you will be punished. End of story. Why are criminals so surprised when they are punished for committing a crime? Why do they feel that they should be entitled to anything more than punishment? You make a choice to obey the law or to break it. If you and your family are hurting because you're in prison, you must understand that you only have yourself to blame. We, as a society, have to take responsibility for our actions and stop blaming everyone else!! The reality is that the criminals should feel grateful--most of the time the sentences are way too lenient for the crime.
  • by Bill on Mar 3, 2008 at 05:31 AM
    Hate is a wonderfull thing,here in Ky.These hillbillys hate every one,but them self.Lockem all up, they scream,untill its them.=Plus with a justice system like we have here, who knows if any are guilty of any thing.=Ralph you can't hang all, that are not postoffice sucking democrats.Just because they don't suck up to the great boss hoggs.There is no justice In Pikeville Ky,its a pure dictatorship.All people should avoid going there its unsafe for normal humans.
  • by Ernie Location: Fletcher on Mar 3, 2008 at 01:52 AM
    You see...All you fools voted this guy in and replaced me! Criminals, well if Steve wants to let them out then they can go live on his property and he can take care of them.
  • by ex-con Location: morgan co on Mar 2, 2008 at 08:50 PM
    i think that a murderer should get more time than a drug dealer. but it's not like that in kentucky. the 'commonwealth' state
  • by richard Location: campbellsville on Mar 2, 2008 at 03:13 PM
    i have worked in a prison for 18 years,i have no problem with locking up violent offenders or even repeat non violent offenders,but for a lot of first timers, nonviolent offenders there has to be a better way as it costs the state approx twenty thousand a year to lock someone up i think the money could be spent more wisely by using some form of alternative sentencing in many cases,also its inane that we allow people to set on death row for 20-25 years when there is no doubt they are guilty by cutting out endless appeals we could save a lot of money
  • by Fletcher Should be Jailed Location: Williamstown on Mar 2, 2008 at 06:34 AM
    Solution: Recognize the Drug War as a disaster and failure, recognize that Law enforcement is no longer a public service but a special interest. Recognize that the legislature has used 'tough on crime' as political currency and that currency is counterfeit. And, finally, recognize that those who would jail them all and let Department of Corrections sort them out are total idiots. Ray Larsony, indeed.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2008 at 07:24 PM
    i say put them in prison take there tv. take there phones. take there sports. then give them hard hard labor. from 7 am to 7 pm. i think they would think again before they kill. or any crimes. thats how i feel it should be.
  • by Mary Location: Ky on Mar 1, 2008 at 07:41 AM
    Here is an alternative to lock up in jail...how about lock up in their homes where they will have to be financially responsible for their upkeep? It may be expensive to set up but payments for loans to get it started up could be made with the money the county pays to be in jail & their upkeep. It would work. Then jail only the murderers or those that are a danger to society. The pillheads are not a danger, except what they do by driving & stealing, but with an ankle bracelet they get stopped in their tracks.

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