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  • The Hidden Costs of Pretrial Detention Revisited Christopher Lowenkamp, March, 2022“There is no observable "deterrent effect" of pretrial detention, and in fact there is a consistent "criminogenic effect" of pretrial detention on rearrest.”(This report follows up on Lowenkamp's 2013 report, The Hidden Costs of Pretrial Detention, which also examined jail admissions in Kentucky.)
  • A Statistical Overview of the Kentucky Death Penalty Frank R. Baumgartner, January, 2022“Race may be the most powerful driving factor in Kentucky's death penalty. But the racial disparities laid out here, extreme as they are, are not the only flaws in the system.”
  • The Golden Key: How State-Local Financial Incentives to Lock Up Kentuckians Are Perpetuating Mass Incarceration Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, October, 2021“Some county jails rely on the economies of scale created by overcrowding including the extra revenue that comes from holding people in state and federal custody and from charging fees to those who are incarcerated.”
  • Disparate Justice: Where Kentuckians Live Determines Whether They Stay in Jail Because They Can't Afford Cash Bail Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, June, 2019“In certain counties, people with low incomes face much higher risk of harms from being detained in jail ranging from job loss to higher likelihoods of being found guilty and committing crimes in the future.”
  • Felony Disenfranchisement in the Commonwealth of Kentucky League of Women Voters of Kentucky, February, 2017“[O]ne of every four African American adults in Kentucky cannot vote. This rate (26.2%) is more than triple the national African American disenfranchisement rate (7.44%).”
  • Key findings from statewide surveys in Florida, North Carolina, Nevada, Kentucky, Missouri, and Wisconsin Justice Action Network; The Tarrance Group, February, 2016“[T]here is broad consensus that the federal criminal justice system jails too many non-violent criminals and spends too much on jailing nonviolent offenders.”
  • Mandatory Reentry Supervision Evaluating the Kentucky Experience Pew's Public Safety Performance Project, June, 2014“Inmates released to supervision under the policy had 30 percent fewer returns to prison for a new crime and 11 percent fewer violations of their supervision rules than the pre-policy group.”
  • Justice Reinvestment Initiative State Assessment Report Urban Institute, January, 2014“Since enacting JRI, all eight states - Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina - have experienced reductions in their prison populations since the start of JRI.”
  • Democracy Imprisoned A Review of the Prevalence and Impact of Felony Disenfranchisement Laws in the United States The Sentencing Project et al., September, 2013“In three states, at least one out of every five African-American adults is disenfranchised: Florida (23%), Kentucky (22%), and Virginia (20%).”
  • The Kentucky Death Penalty Assessment Report An Analysis of Kentucky's Death Penalty Laws, Procedures, and Practices American Bar Association, December, 2011Kentucky does not require the accreditation of its forensic laboratories, MEO, or any of the 120 county coroner offices.”
  • Felony Disenfranchisement in the Commonwealth of Kentucky League of Women Voters of Kentucky, October, 2006Kentucky has the highest African American disenfranchisement rate in the country with nearly one of every 4 African Americans ineligible to vote. This rate is nearly triple the national African American disenfranchisement rate.”
  • Losing the Right to Vote: Perceptions of Permanent Disenfranchisement and the Civil Rights Restoration Application Process in Kentucky Sentencing Project, Elizabeth A. Wahler, April, 2006
  • Turning Jails Into Prisons: Collateral Damage from Kentucky's War on Crime Robert G. Lawson (Published in Kentucky Law Journal, Volume 95), 2006
  • Difficult times in Kentucky corrections: Aftershocks of a "tough on crime" philosophy Robert G. Lawson, November, 2004
  • Unintended Consequences: The Impact of 'zero tolerance' and other exclusionary policies on Kentucky students Building Blocks for Youth, February, 2003
  • Kentucky-Advancing Justice: An Assessment of Access to Counsel in Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings American Bar Association Juvenile Justice Center and the Children's Law Center, September, 2002

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