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Hundreds fewer offenders jailed following HB 463

Early indicators show that state lawmakers’ overhaul of the Kentucky penal code earlier this year is keeping hundreds of low- to moderate-risk offenders out of county jails through pretrial or conditional release programs. The state’s pretrial jail population has been reduced by 738 people since the penal code overhaul bill known as House Bill 463 was fully implemented in June, while approximately 1,300 more individuals than this time last year have been referred to pretrial services for monitored conditional release to relieve overcrowding in county jails, Kentucky Chief Justice John Minton told the Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary last week.

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