Reduce prison population and save KY millions by retroactively lowering mandatory minimums

Reduce prison population and save KY millions by retroactively lowering mandatory minimums

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Brad Jones started this petition to Kentucky State Senate and

PFO'S and 85% parole eligibility are causing severe overcrowding in KY prisons. These guidelines are a gross injustice causing thousands to be over sentenced. Intended to "reduce crime" they've been unsuccessful and time after time, instead of changing these statutes, lawmakers choose to decriminalize what they call "non-violent drug offenders". Those people who leave after serving little to no time, reoffend regularly, rarely rehabilitate or get the help they need, overdose, and sometimes die.

In 2008 my wife, while on drugs, committed crimes in which no one was physically injured, however, due to PFO laws and 85% parole eligibilty she won't see a parole board or be released until she's served 17 years. Like many families of incarcerated people, her family has suffered greatly due to her lengthy incarceration. If reviewed by a parole board earlier, she'd most likely be seen as an appropriate candidate for supervised release and could be supporting her children, working, and contributing in a postive way to society much sooner.

Without seeing a parole board for 10+ years many people have little hope or reason to rehabilitate. They may not be employable due to age or other factors upon release, and may continue to be a financial burden on the state. We have a parole board in place. Why not change these guidelines and give the state the oppotunity to review appropriate candidates for supervised release? People on parole are required to work, pay taxes, pay parole fees, remain sober, do not commit crimes, and be monitored closely by parole officers who can offer assistance in finding emplyment and other resources.

Let's push our lawmakers to change these harsh sentencing statutes and reunite our families.

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