Mara Powell

Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates

We applaud the Kentucky House for passing SB 120 with broad bipartisan support. SB 120, sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield, will help parents who have served their time get back to work, not re-offend, and care for their children after re-entry into the community. Over 1 in 10 children in Kentucky have experienced parental incarceration, the highest rate in the nation, and SB 120 is a vital step in helping to limit the negative impact incarceration has on kids and families.

We applaud 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.