Senate Bill 20, sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield, seeks more effective responses when youth get in trouble. The youth justice system is a maze that has too many entrances and too few ways out, and this has a bigger impact on some groups of youth, especially youth of color. S B 20 would modify the youth justice reforms made in 2014 to better hold youth accountable and keep communities safe.
Senate Bill 120, also sponsored by Senator Westerfield, seeks to help adults leaving incarceration get back to work and care for their children. Kentucky has the highest rate of children who have experienced a parent being incarcerated, and SB 120 will help limit the negative impact incarceration has on children and families.
Learn more about SB 20 and SB 120 on the Kentucky General Assembly Bill Tracker.
Call 1-800-372-7181 to leave this message for all members of the Senate Judiciary Committee:
“Please vote YES on SB 20 to modify reforms made to the youth justice system to hold youth accountable in ways that get them back on track while leading to safer communities.”
“Please vote YES on SB 120 to help parents who have been incarcerated get back to work and care for their children after reentry into the community.”
If your Senator is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee (list below), your voice is especially important. Be sure to mention that you are a constituent. If you don’t know who your Senator is, click here.
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee:
- Sen. Whitney Westerfield [Chair]
- Sen. Wil Schroder [Vice Chair]
- Sen. Joe Bowen
- Sen. Danny Carroll
- Sen. Perry B. Clark
- Sen. Ray S. Jones II
- Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr
- Sen. John Schickel
- Sen. Dan “Malano” Seum
- Sen. Robert Stivers II
- Sen. Robin L. Webb