Study Blames Law For Overcrowded Prisons

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A new study by the man who wrote Kentucky's penal code puts much of the blame for overcrowded prisons on the state's repeat offender law.

The report by University of Kentucky professor Robert Lawson says the repeat offender law originally was reserved for the worst criminals. Lawmakers have extended it so much over the years that it has "pushed the state's corrections budget off the charts."

The study comes as a group of legal experts prepare to make recommendations to the governor on issues including how to decrease
prison costs.

The president of the Kentucky Association of Commonwealth's Attorneys, prosecutor Chris Cohron, told The Courier-Journal that his group is opposed to limiting the law to serious or violent offenders.

Cohron says offenders who repeat crimes should have additional
penalties.
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Information from: The Courier-Journal,
http://www.courier-journal.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Dolly Ann on Nov 20, 2008 at 05:04 AM
    Fools its the war on Drugs.Just like proabition. We are locking up way too many people.Way to many people are being killed for money, and dope because of our laws.It did work with boos and don't work for dope.
  • by Sue Location: Ky on Nov 19, 2008 at 10:30 AM
    What I don't understand is why is it okay for someone to kill a child or someone and we put them in jail on a watch so they won't kill themselves!! or keep a killer there for years and pay people to make sure he has his rights -- I feel there is something wrong with this picture!! There is plenty of Creeks and Roads and hillsides that need to be cleaned up -- of course keep a chain on them so they can't walk away!!!!
  • by BLACKSHEEP Location: HERE IN KY on Nov 19, 2008 at 05:16 AM
    I BELIEVE WHAT MARGARET HAS SAID, PLACE THEM ON A CHAIN GANG. I MEAN EVERYONE THAT IS FROM YOUR LOCAL JAILS UP TO AND INCLUDING THE ONES ON DEATH ROW. THAT SHOULD SLOW DOWN THE AMOUNT OF MORONS GOING TO JAIL. DEATH ROW INMATES SHOULD BE PUT TO DEATH WITH IN 90 DAYS OF THIER SENTENCING, JUST THINK HOW MUCH MONEY KY WILL SAVE EVERY YEAR (KEEPING THESE MORONS UP FOR YEARS) BUY JUST BUYING A BOX OF .45 SHELLS.
  • by Scott Location: Jessamine Co. on Nov 18, 2008 at 11:40 PM
    Why pamper prisoners so much while they are in jail? If prisons were less luxorious with so much for the prisoners to do it would cost less on the true victims, the working people, and would be more like was originally intended, a deterrant. I'm sure some left winger will say that it is inhumane, but hey it's prison.
  • by Ashamed Kentuckian Location: Lexington on Nov 18, 2008 at 08:21 PM
    It's sad that someone would suggest that a person could be "too educated." Perhaps if more of the people leaving these comments were a little more educated they would realize that the crime rate in KY has increased at the same percentage every year since the 1970's while the prison population has increased exponentially. Also, the number of people jailed for drug-related crimes has increased exponentially. A drug addict without rehabilitation will always be a drug addict - it doesn't do any good to put them on a "chain gang" and it's unconstitutional to hang someone. Does anyone remember the Constitution? Apparently not. Not everyone in the prison system is a violent "thug." The majority are non-violent offenders. They still deserve punishment, but the point is that the expansion of the PFO laws was nothing more than a political ploy to exploit the obvious desire of the people to get tough on crime. Prosecutors have abused it to secure their own reelections by playing of your fears.
  • by Paul Location: Lex on Nov 18, 2008 at 04:24 PM
    I applaude this study and feel that the results are basically common sense. Whether you agree with the findings or not is irrelevant, I'm sure it was done with the proper controls in place. What really seems to be missing the point here folks is that most of KY's prisons are being run by sub-contractors. Their prices have gone up....The repeat offender law is a great idea and PFO's..( persistant felony offenders) should be kept off the streets. That being said, are non violent felons as bad as the murders, rapists, and child molesters ...Is it so bad that they are being let out on early release??/ I'm not so sure about that..Lets get some more facts.
  • by eyes wide open Location: Rogers, Ky on Nov 18, 2008 at 02:48 PM
    The real criminals don't go to jail. They get bailed out by us, the taxpayer. Maybe more acts of the wealthy should be made criminal. How many rich people go to jail? Google Saipan, please, I dare you. then go shopping at Target, JC Penney, and Sears. The people who should go to jail never will be put there. You people are confused on who the real criminals of society are.
  • by MARGARET Location: KY on Nov 18, 2008 at 10:26 AM
    I THINK THAT KY SHOULD GET REAL, AND TAKE THOSE CRIMINALS , AND PUT THEM IN A CHAIN GANG, AND THERE WOULD NOT BE AS MUCH CRIME. THE COURT SYSTEM IS TOO EASY ON CRIMINALS. I HAVE WORKED ALL OF MY LIFE, AND FURTHERMORE, WHY SHOULD THE WORKING PEOPLE HAVE TO PAY FOR THESE PRISONERS. THEY GET ANY THING THEY WANT. LET THEM WORK IN A CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT, AND THEY WON'T HAVE TIME TO COMMIT CRIMES. THEY DON'T DESERVE TO BE PUT OUT IN SOCIETY, BUT THEY NEED TO WORK. WE NEED TO GET BACK TO THE BIBLE, MAN SHOULD WORK BY THE SWEAT OF HIS BROW. TAKE PEOPLE, AND PUT THEM TO WORK, AND THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT COULD WORK, IF THEY WOULD GET OFF OF THEIR SORRY GLUTEALS , AND DO IT. IF PEOPLE HAD TO WORK, INSTEAD OF LIVING OFF OF SOMEONE ELSE, THEN, MAYBE THEY WOULD NOT HAVE TIME TO DO THESE CRIMES. AMERICA NEEDS TO GET BACK TO THE CRUEL PUNISHMENT, AND NOT GIVE THESE PRISONERS, THE LIFE OF RILEY, THEY NEED TO WORK, ON A CHAIN GANG. AMERICA NEEDS TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT THE PUBLIC WILL NOT !
  • by Keith Location: Boons Camp, Ky on Nov 18, 2008 at 03:09 AM
    This is insane! Let's put blame where it should be. The reason the prison's are overcrowded is the the thugs don't want to live by society's rules.
  • by man on the inside Location: ky corections on Nov 17, 2008 at 05:55 PM
    Ben, sorry but not enough inmates in the system to justify the cost really, although I am not opposed to your suggestion. Some men are better off in prison than they are in society, sad but true. We worry about the immediate solution by placing inmates in halfway houses todo their sentences that we do not educate them, get them treatment for their problem, that is why they repeat offend, we are too worried about political correctness to allow the inmates to do time thepm way that is needed. On a brighter note at 8pm on 21 Nov we will save the tax payers @ $50,000 a year. Sorry to say this is not the current administrations fault look at Fletcher and his appointee John Rees who is still turning a profit from Ky taxpayers after he was booted out from the corrections commissioners job, his legacy will cost us for yeasr, he has assured us of that!
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