Governor Bevin to Kentucky: “Criminal Justice Reform is Coming…”

Syrita Bowen Kentucky, News, Uncategorized

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Justice Action Network, the nation’s largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Kentucky and on the federal level, applauds Governor Matt Bevin for making justice reform a major focus of his State of the Commonwealth address.

The Governor’s support for reform mirrors that of his constituents: a recent U.S. Justice Action Network/Public Opinion Strategies poll found that 82 percent of Kentuckians believe their justice system is in need of reform.

Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “By choosing his annual address to the people of Kentucky to reinforce his support for second chances and redemption for the formerly incarcerated, Governor Bevin has set the soon-to-be-introduced justice reform legislation on a path toward swift passage. Right now, more than a third of the people released from Kentucky prisons return to crime. The policies likely to be included in the upcoming reentry bill are aimed at reversing that cycle of failure, and ensuring Kentucky’s justice system starts creating better citizens, not better criminals. Governor Bevin has our full support, and that of an overwhelming number of Kentuckians, as he endeavors to change an archaic system that has failed to provide the public safety outcomes that Kentuckians deserve.”

 You can read the results of the U.S. Justice Action Network poll in Kentucky here.

Excerpts from the State of the Commonwealth: 

“Criminal justice reform is coming. We passed an expungement bill..”


“There is other legislation working its way through the legislature that will open up licensing and give people a chance to get back on track. We owe them this, it will be good for taxpayers and it will be good for Kentucky too..”

You can read more about what other governors are saying about justice reform in their state of the state addresses on the U.S. Justice Action Network website.