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With nearly 8,000 employees, the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet (JPSC) is the state entity responsible for criminal justice services. These encompass law enforcement activities and training; prevention, education and treatment of substance abuse; juvenile treatment and detention; adult incarceration; autopsies and toxicology analyses; special investigations; paroling of eligible convicted felons; and long range planning and recommendations on statewide criminal justice reform issues. As a national leader in criminal justice, the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet's vision is to continuously improve public safety and the quality of life in Kentucky.

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J. Michael Brown was named Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet by Governor Beshear in 2007. The appointment returns Secretary Brown to a long-standing role in public service.

A former district court judge in Jefferson County, he was law director for the City of Louisville, an assistant commonwealth attorney, and served on the board of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority for 12 years - six as the board's chair. During that time he guided the authority through major construction and noise mitigation programs and the attraction and expansion of cargo passenger carriers. More...