Governor Matt Bevin joined fellow governors from Georgia and Oklahoma in a recent video on criminal justice system reforms being implemented in their respective states. Governor Bevin speaks to the system helping society when incarceration focuses not just on removing people from the community but rehabilitating them. Kentucky has taken steps to improve the criminal justice system, most recently by passing HB 40 to allow certain felonies to be expunged so people can get back to work after serving their time and staying on track.
Kentucky has the highest rate of children who have had a parent incarcerated, so criminal justice system that helps people get back on track plays a critical role in the lives of many Kentucky children. When parents are able to get help for substance abuse issues, learn skills for employment, and find a job after being incarcerated, kids benefit.
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