Governor Beshear Supports "Alternative Incarceration"

Governor Beshear says he backs a plan to provide what he calls "Alternative Incarceration" for some non-violent offenders.

Governor Beshear says he supports the senate bill that would keep substance abusers, child support violators, bad check writers and others out of jail.

The program could be implemented in about 6 months to a year if passed by lawmakers.

The bill is backed by senate republicans, but the governor says it's needed to save the state money..since Kentucky the nation's fastest growing prison population.

The bill could be heard in a house committee soon.

The governor says both republicans and democrats support it.


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  • by Kay Location: Pitsburg ,Kentucky on Jul 3, 2008 at 11:14 AM
    I voted for Beshear and would again . There are a lot of people in prison who are not violent and just made mistakes I think this is a good thing he is doing giving people another chance and also saving the state money .
  • by JK Location: London , Kentucky on Jul 3, 2008 at 11:03 AM
    I think it is a wonderful thing that Gov Beshear is letting out no violent offenders early , not just for the inmates but for there little children who miss them so much ,especially the women in prison making there kids being without a mother , the kids are the ones who suffer , some being split up and going to live in different relatives homes .It's sad for the kids.Gov Beshear and his wife are wonderful people , hope he stays our governor for a long time.
  • by mad mom Location: Frenchburg on Apr 4, 2008 at 06:42 AM
    Non violent criminals should not be jailed. Women have set on their butts long enough and made their living off of ex husbands. Once a man has a child he can have no life of his own.My son has had a hard time the last year or more. He tried to do the right thing for our government and lost his job because of it. He was in a terrible accident and someone was killed and that really worked on him mentally, had to have conseling. Now they are going to put him in jail for being behind on child support.He is not a criminal. He has 2 other kids and can barely make a living,yet they are taking 98.00 a week, out of about 250.00 per week,when he was working.He lives in an old trailer, yet his ex is living high, the child in question has a disability and gets a government check, or her mom does,She has got my sons tax refund forever, she is remarried and has another child also.She cheated on him and ended the marriage, the mother is not always right you know, don't judge all dads the same. Be fair
  • by David Location: Winchester on Mar 16, 2008 at 10:41 AM
    Obviously Sara in Frankfort did not read my reply to her challenge for a solution. Sara, go back and read my post, it saves money and has the potential to make money if enough of the prisoners participated in my program of furniture making. I find it appalling that you feel that deadbeat parents don't belong in jail. Surely your mother never had to cut the front end of your shoes out because your feet got too big for them and she couldn't afford to buy new ones because her ex husband wouldn't pay child support. My mother had to do that for me, and I think that deadbeats should be punished more severely than any others.
  • by betty Location: pikeville on Mar 15, 2008 at 06:12 PM
    Ithink there is people being sent to prison in pike co just for the heck of it and this 85% THING NEEDS TO CHANGE ESPECALLY IF YOU ARE GOOD AND BEHAVE IN THERE
  • by betty Location: knox on Mar 14, 2008 at 05:06 PM
    i think we need a progam to help people in jail.some of them don/t need jail. they need a helping hand.so look at your self tell me you never did a worng thing, if so then it would not be true .why not try to help there are some good people left .
  • by bill on Mar 14, 2008 at 03:39 PM
    Well about half of the people in jail Ky. should not be there.This War on Drugs is just an industry on the backs of the poor anyway.Its not working and never will.
  • by elizabeth Location: lexington on Mar 14, 2008 at 02:49 PM
    I agree let them live with Beshear!!!There are a"few"exceptions to the rule.There are those who made mistakes, and are trying to get their lives together.But most of the prisoners are repeat offenders. Why should they be let out?MY deadbeat ex son in law ,whom,has never paid a dime of child support,and has several children, he is a persistent felony offender,drug user and seller,thief,con artist-when he was out of prison,on parole, sat on his butt and did not work a day.He completed his drug therapy and then the next day was back using again.The parole officer was called several times and did nothing.Now this jerk wants "Alternative Incarceration" what a joke. Yes , let them out, so we- the hard working, law abiding citizens, can have our homes burglarized,businesses robbed,and drugs sold in our community. Give me a break. I hope those who voted for him are happy.
  • by david Location: Northern KY on Mar 14, 2008 at 01:11 PM
    Our governer is a sad. Take the money and give it to the race tracks.
  • by Sara Location: Frankfort on Mar 14, 2008 at 12:07 PM
    I still only hear whining, no solutions, except Sam whos idea would cost more- good solution Sam. The prison system is DRAINING Kentucky. We can not afford it. How about if all of you that do not think something should be changed and blame this on Breshears start paying extra every week to keep prisoners longer. Say like a child support. Maybe $100 a week. If all the gripers did this, I think that would take care of the problem.

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