A year later, H.B. 463 still under scrutiny
House Bill 463 went into effect last year, and it's changing how law enforcement officials and prosecutors in Kentucky are doing their jobs. Conflicting opinions say it's making it harder to keep criminals behind bars, while others contend it's keeping the public safer.
House Bill 463 is aimed to help keep offenders from going back to prison a second time. It focuses on rehabilitation for drug users by supervising those who are released early from their sentences. The bill is also aimed at saving the state millions of dollars in corrections costs by not having so many criminals in jail, but State Representative John Tilley, the main supporter of the bill, says budget savings are not the main reason for the bill. He says sacrificing public safety isn't worth the money saved.