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NCJ Number: 120677 Find in a Library
Title: Kentucky Jails: Building on a Solid Foundation
Journal: American Jails  Volume:3  Issue:2  Dated:(Summer 1989)  Pages:49-54
Author(s): J Woodrum
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 6
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In 1982 the Kentucky General Assembly drafted House Bill 440 -- a collection of the most sweeping reforms in the history of Kentucky county jails.
Abstract: Under the previous Old English Jailer Fee System, most of Kentucky's jails were poorly managed, unsafe, and ineffective. The 1982 legislation created a funding mechanism to assist counties in the construction and operation of the county facilities. The legislation permits counties to operate a regional jail shared by one or more surrounding counties, a full-service jail in a single county, a 96-hour holding facility, and a 12-hour holding facility. The Corrections Cabinet Duty was established to develop minimum standards for all county jails, conduct jail inspections, cite violations, enforce disciplinary measures, and approve jail construction. Perhaps the most significant change under the legislation was the creation of a special fund to make construction of a new jail facility a possibility for counties with deficient jails. Jail staff training has also been upgraded under the legislation. Staff retention and morale has improved significantly under the new regime.
Main Term(s): Jail reform
Index Term(s): Correctional reform; Kentucky
Note: The third in a series of articles on Kentucky jails.
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