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Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 36 by the Senate Judiciary Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Kentucky has been a leader in juvenile justice system reforms in many ways, but there are some practices still in use that we now know do not achieve the best outcomes for kids or communities. And, despite those recent reforms, youth of color continue to be overrepresented in the youth justice system at all points, and the disparities [...]

By |2021-02-04T10:27:49-05:00February 4th, 2021|News Room, Youth Justice|

Gov. Beshear and Leadership from the Kentucky House and Senate Join Hundreds of Youth and Advocates for Virtual Rally for Kentucky Kids

CONTACT: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Louisville, KY – Hundreds of youth advocates from across Kentucky are virtually convening this week for Children’s Advocacy Week. They are urging elected leaders to support the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children, a unified agenda for child advocates across the state. Today, in place of the gathering in the Capitol Rotunda, advocates and state leaders tuned into the first virtual Rally for Kentucky Kids. "Today, youth, social workers, faith leaders, teachers, pediatricians, child care providers, community leaders, [...]

Local Jail Populations in Kentucky on the Rise Again, State Prison Population Declines Level Off, as COVID Spreads Throughout the Prison System

Media Contact: Abby Silverman 978-273-3875 asilverman@sloweymcmanus.com LOCAL JAIL POPULATIONS IN KENTUCKY ON THE RISE AGAIN, STATE PRISON POPULATION DECLINES LEVEL OFF, AS COVID SPREADS THROUGHOUT THE PRISON SYSTEM Vera Institute of Justice “People in Jail and Prison In 2020” Report Documents Efforts to Contain Covid Outbreaks Curtailed by Recent Rebound in Jail Populations Frankfort, KY (January 27, 2021) - Kentucky jail and prison population declined dramatically in 2020, but local jail populations began to rebound [...]

By |2021-01-28T16:41:02-05:00January 28th, 2021|Health, Justice, News Room|

Kentucky Students Say Pandemic Led to Increased Vaping and Other Tobacco Use Among Peers

CONTACT: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Bonnie J. Hackbarth bhackbarth@healthy-ky.org Kentucky Students Say Pandemic Led to Increased Vaping and Other Tobacco Use Among Peers LOUISVILLE, KY – More than a third of Kentucky middle and high schoolers responding to a recent survey say the pandemic has increased students using e-cigarettes, or "vapes," and other tobacco products. And more than 14 percent said they believe e-cigarettes are safer for them to smoke than traditional cigarettes, according to the survey, which [...]

By |2021-01-27T11:31:33-05:00January 27th, 2021|Blog, Health, News Room|

Statement on Kentucky Senate Passage of State Budget Proposal

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – As the Kentucky General Assembly concludes part one of this short legislative session, the Senate has passed the continuation budget proposal. While the process is advancing swiftly, we are encouraged that this action means leaders in the House and Senate and the Governor can begin negotiations that will ultimately lead to that priority and value proposal that supports [...]

Statement on Kentucky House State Budget Proposal

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Today’s passage of the state budget proposed by the Kentucky House signals the fast-track nature of the 2021 budget process. As it unfolds, we are encouraged to see a clear focus on Kentucky’s kids and families in the immediate and as our commonwealth addresses the deep impacts of the pandemic. As the state budget discussions continue, Kentucky kids [...]

Statement on Governor Beshear’s 2021 State of the Commonwealth and Budget Address

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – As Governor Andy Beshear shared during tonight’s State of the Commonwealth address, this state budget proposal gives Kentucky families a life preserver in the immediate and is a catalyst to creating a post-pandemic commonwealth where all kids can thrive.  We are pleased to see that this budget embraces commitments that our legislative leaders and Governor share when [...]

Statement on Latest Federal COVID-19 Relief Package

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – On the heels of the good news about promising COVID-19 vaccines, kids and families across the commonwealth and the nation received more good news – final passage of another much needed federal relief package. With leadership in Congress from Senate Majority Leader McConnell and House Budget Committee Chairman Yarmuth, families will see an investment in the critical [...]

Addressing the Impact of Maternal Incarceration on Kentucky Children

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Addressing the Impact of Maternal Incarceration on Kentucky Children New Issue Brief Features Data Trends and Policy Recommendations LOUISVILLE, KY – A new Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children issue brief released today by Kentucky Youth Advocates, Data Trends and Policy Recommendations to Address the Impact of Maternal Incarceration on Kentucky’s Children, shows that the number of women incarcerated has grown at an alarming pace in Kentucky in recent decades and that women [...]

By |2020-12-15T19:23:11-05:00December 16th, 2020|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Justice, News Room, Race Equity|

Kentucky Families with Children Continue to Struggle During the Pandemic: New Data Show Challenges with Hunger, Housing, Health Insurance, and Mental Health

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org   Kentucky Families with Children Continue to Struggle During the Pandemic New Data Show Challenges with Hunger, Housing, Health Insurance, and Mental Health LOUISVILLE, KY — Too many Kentucky families continue to struggle with food security, ability to pay next month’s rent or mortgage, and mental health, according to Kids, Families and COVID-19: Pandemic Pain Points and the Urgent Need to Respond, a 50-state report of recent household data developed by the Annie E. [...]

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