Changes to Kentucky's penal code last year mean that nearly a thousand prisoners will be released into the community today, ahead of the end of their sentences. But apparently we shouldn't worry. These will be prisoners who are within 6 months of their release date, they'll be supervised by the the Department of Probation and Parole, and they'll be receiving counseling and assistance with finding jobs and housing.
The changes in the law last year were designed to cut $40 million a year from the Department of Corrections budget, but along the way the intent is also to decrease recidivism and accomplish some other more minor goals. That's the news. For some background, see the article in the Courier-Journal, WLKY, and elsewhere.
But since Louisville.com's The Arena is for opinions... I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on this, because it raises some interesting questions.
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