Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Add Kentucky to the List

of states cutting back on too-tough sentences and overcrowded prisons.

This article from the Evansville Courier & Press has the details of the bipartisan effort:

The bill is touted as a far-reaching way to lower prison headcounts, reduce the frequency of repeat drug offenses and improve public safety. It seeks to make a big dent in Kentucky’s illegal drug scourge.
It updates Kentucky’s drug laws by reducing prison time for low-risk, nonviolent drug criminals caught with small amounts of drugs. More of them would get treatment and alternative sentencing instead of prison time.
Possible savings to Kentuckians:  $147 million over 10 years.  Not bad.

Taxpayers, you tell us:  what would you rather spend $147 million on -- prisons, schools, roads, health care?