Mara Powell

Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates

We applaud Chairman Joseph Fischer and members of the House Judiciary Committee for Passing SB 120, sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield, to help parents who have served their time get back to work, not re-offend, and care for their children after reentry into the community. Kentucky has the highest rate of children who have had a parent incarcerated. SB 120 is a key opportunity to help limit the negative impacts of parental incarceration on kids and families.

We thank Governor Matt Bevin, Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet John Tilley, Secretary of the Labor Cabinet Derrick Ramsey, and Senator Whitney Westerfield for championing this bill and promoting successful reentry after people, including many parents, serve their time.