Officials Split Over Home Incarceration Proposal

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Prosecutors and lawmakers are split over a plan in the General Assembly's budget that would allow some people convicted of felonies to finish their sentences in home incarceration. Some prosecutors say the plan jeopardizes public safety, while some lawmakers look at it as an opportunity to save money while reducing recidivism rates. The General Assembly last week approved a two-year $19 billion state spending plan, that included funding cuts to numerous government agencies and programs. Kentucky is facing a $900 million revenue shortfall in the next two fiscal years. In the budget, lawmakers allow for certain felons convicted of nonviolent and non-sexual offenses to finish their sentences in home incarceration programs. The plan is pending before Gov. Steve Beshear. -- The legislation is House Bill 406. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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