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Wed Jan 31, 2018, 03:20 AM

Kentucky official: State prisons to run out of space by 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky’s top public safety official says the state’s prisons will run out of space by May 2019, possibly forcing the early release of thousands of nonviolent inmates as the state continues to grapple with the effects of a nationwide opioid epidemic.

Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley told state lawmakers Tuesday the state’s prison population is expected to grow by more than 4,400 inmates over the next decade. His comments come as lawmakers are deciding how to spend taxpayer money over the next two years.

The state’s prisons are full, with officials resorting to double-bunking inmates in rec rooms and any other space they can find. It’s worse at county jails, which house state inmates convicted of low-level felonies.

Corrections Commissioner Jim Erwin said 19 jails are at 150 percent capacity and four jails are at 200 percent capacity. In Bell County, tucked in the Appalachian mountains in one of the areas hardest hit with opioid addiction, the local jail is at 300 percent capacity.

Read more: https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2018/01/30/kentucky-official-state-prisons-run-out-space-2019/1081396001/

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Wed Jan 31, 2018, 03:40 AM

1. I'm sure Trump will help them

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