Hundreds Of Kentucky Inmates Receive Early Release From Prison

Hundreds of Kentucky inmates have been released from prison early, to help the state save money.

State lawmakers approved the plan earlier this year, during the General Assembly. More inmates could be getting early releases soon.

A new report says Kentucky has experienced the largest prison population increase in the nation.

It's grown by 12 percent so far this year. There are now 22,400 inmates in Kentucky. That costs the state $500 million a year.

"The way to cut the budget would be to reduce the number of inmates that we have incarcerated," Kentucky Department Of Corrections Commissioner Ladonna Thompson said.

So since the beginning of May, 513 inmates have been released from Kentucky's prisons, under the parole supervision credit measure.

"There's a large number because they all got the credit at one time," Thompson said. "It's no different from the number of inmates or the type of inmates that we usually let out."

Before the change, if an inmate violated parole, and was put back behind bars, he or she had to serve out the remainder of the sentence in jail. But now, the inmate can receive credit for the time they served before the violation was committed.

Inmates who are serving time for a felony violation, or those who committed a violent crime while on parole, are not eligible for early release.

The state is also looking at alternative ways to punish people that are less expensive than putting them in prison.

In another attempt to reduce the prison population, the legislature also expanded the department's existing home incarceration program.


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  • by minnie Location: georgetown on Dec 28, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    my husband really got the crappy deal he did still bag beef jerky ok but 6 yrs in prison our son is 4 yrs now he was only few months old when his daddy left him because of kentucky system i really think in my opinion they need real judges because thats crazy, lost my husband and my son lost his father for so many yrs still has 2 more yrs to go seriously i hope and pray they fix the system i miss my husband so much and my son is out of a father until he gets out i really pray for the families they have destroyd
  • by KELLI Location: LOUISVILLE on Aug 8, 2009 at 09:13 PM
    MY HUSBAND JUST RECEIVED HIS SECOND FIVE YEAR SENTENCE. I BELIEVE ARE SYSTEM HAS FAILED HIM. HE IS ADDICTED TO METH. THAT IS THE WORST DRUG IN THE WORLD. IT HAS RUINED OUR FAMILY. WE HAVE A 13,10 AND 2 YEAR OLD. HE DOESNT NEED TO BE IN PRISON HE NEEDS TO BE IN REHAB. THE INMATE IS NOT THE ONE WHO PAYS THE PRICE. ITS THEIR FAMILIES!!! MY KIDS ARE WITHOUT A FATHER AND IM WITHOUT A PARTNER. I DONT RECIEVE ANY CHILD SUPPORT SO WHO DO YOU THINK IS PICKING UP HIS SLACK? THE GOVERNMENT. WOULDNT IT MAKE SINCE TO LET HIM OUT SO HE COULD SUPPORT HIS FAMILY????????
  • by joann morris Location: United States on Jun 9, 2009 at 10:33 PM
    dear,crm i also as a mother and grandma saw this happento my son addicted to oxycontin and end up in prison for almost five years noe,over a 325.00 credit card that someone else stole and he was driving the car,one was 17,one was older,he had worked for these people and knew what he was doing,any way he ratted out the minor got a handshake my son done the time,now awaay from me and his two kids,im very sick and pray godto let me see him home,he has served four and half years already,every time they come up with some reason for him not to come ,i feel and pray hes beat this addication i feel he has ,i feel like you there are people here in wayne co. that have killed people and are walking the streets even child molesters,please help me figure out this sick system i think they set behind a desk and do not try to see the whole picture and what family is going thru,i the sole support of my son,plus try to watch after his kids,all on ssi to live on,not counting the meds i have to have .
  • by crm Location: prp on Jun 8, 2009 at 02:36 AM
    My husband was put on oxycontin 80 mg he became addited he tried functioning but the pills consumed him & he was taking them more often then he was prescribed.He called his dr's office and told them he was abusing his prescription and needed to speak with the dr for help, all he got was a notice in the mail saying he would no longer be seen . He went through extreme withdraws and we tried several places to get him help, most would not accept him as he needed medical detox. He , subsequently, was driven to a pharmacy, jumped a counter & stole oxycontin 80's consuming a large amount, almost dying After his hospital stay he was arrested but refused to give up the person who not only took him to the pharmacy but turned him in. My husband is almost 40 and never been in trouble, he recieved a 15 yr sentence at 20%. He had hundreds of support letters from church members, kids he coached as well as parents. I get angry at the rapist and murderes let go and people such as him are kept.
  • by lisa Location: Newport kentucky on May 18, 2009 at 05:15 PM
    I also support the early release bill as i also know someone who is in jail and has sence changed and wants to be out as he wants to have a relationship with his daughter that he has only seen three times i see him every week and i know deep in my heart that he is a diffrent person and wants to better in his life for his daughter. He has also been on very good behavior and hasnt been in any trouble while being in custody. he is in a commuinty custody place in covington and i know that if he had a chance to do things over he would. i hope that he will get the chance to be released early I hope that someone will see that he is still young enough to do good and be a role model for other people who has been in trouble and wants to change i know that he would be great at doing that. i hope that someone will really look deep in there hearts and really see the person and if they have changed instead of looking at the crime. everyone has a good judgement of charcter listen to your heart.
  • by Carolyn Location: Louisiana on Apr 7, 2009 at 10:22 PM
    I married a wonderful man in prison. He's been rehabilitated after doing about 9 years of his 12 years sentence.Now he's ready to come home to enjoy the rest of his life with me,(his wife.)I do support the "Early Release Bill" 100%.My husband is under the "Habitual Offenders Law".He is also a non violent offender.And is now encarcerated at C.P.D.C.I do hope and pray that he will be one of the inmates to be release early.
  • by elizabeth Location: johnson on Feb 6, 2009 at 02:16 PM
    im writing on behalf ofterry cook o98202 he currently in clay county jailhe almost served out and has streettime coming to him he also has parents in bad health 70 71trs old his mother depended on him for everything she has not been taking care of since hes been gone need him hereso do i hes realized he messed up i will see that he keeps in li9ne if you let him out early.
  • by cary Location: louisville on Nov 22, 2008 at 02:59 PM
    Well, potential good news... The Justice Council is recommending that the stiff KY laws be updated and that means that the PFO enhancements will likely be reduced to be applicable for those who actually deserve enhancements (as opposed to the petty crimes). Anyway, there is strong potential for many releases very soon. Again, there is no way to find out ahead of time- if they ask about it they will likely get no response or who knows what. Also, get that up to date time sheet. Oh, remember to WRITE ALOT!
  • by danielle Location: louisville on Nov 19, 2008 at 05:28 AM
    well my dad is in ksr and its his third time he well we want to know if hes getting any good time off or if hes getting out and if hes not then hell know and will not have to worry about it no more.
  • by cary Location: kentucky on Nov 15, 2008 at 02:20 PM
    okay,this is for kentucky,but some other states have similiar process. For now, there really isn't any way to know if your loved one is eligible- they don't have a clue themselves until they are told it's time to leave (that's what he said about a couple who were told just this week) Anyway, non-violent offenders are eligible, and they really should deserve abreak of some sort...We all know they don't get very many. Oh, and yes it is state-wide and no not for first time offenders, because it is about previous parole times. Also, everyone have your loved one get an up-to-date time sheet. Hang in there and write to them ALOT!

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