Guest comment: Kentucky’s other fiscal crisis is a broken justice system

March 22, 2018 By Daniel Cameron
Louisville Business First

While the pension wars simmer in Frankfort and lawmakers debate when public retirement systems will fail, the commonwealth is barreling toward another cliff.

According to data released by the U.S. Department of Justice in January, Kentucky has the second-highest rate of incarceration for women and the ninth-highest overall incarceration rate in the country. What’s even more troubling is that Kentucky’s overall incarceration rate is growing faster than the other 49 states. Kentucky will plunge an unprecedented $700 million in state corrections for 2019, but in spite of the huge outlays, we still could run out of prison space by next May.

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