With close to 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, death certifications 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.
"Protecting you through public service... Making your future safer and healthier"
||Justice Cabinet Reports
Constables in Kentucky: Contemporary Issues and Findings Surrounding an Outdated Office. Click here to read the first comprehensive evaluation of the office of constable since its creation in 1850.
Commissioner's Review/ Northpoint Training Center
Click here for the Commissioner's Review of the Critical Incident Report on the Northpoint Training Center. (pdf 2286 KB)
2008 Criminal Justice Reform - Report to the Governor
In March 2008, Governor Beshear directed Secretary J. Michael Brown to conduct a comprehensive review of Kentucky’s criminal justice system, particularly as it relates to the prison population, and report back to him by December 1st his recommendations for reform. Working through the auspices of the Kentucky Criminal Justice Council, Secretary Brown established committees to look at various issues facing our system, including sentencing guidelines; substance abuse policies and laws; and penal code reform. To view the full report, click here.
Significant laws relating to Kentucky's criminal justice system were passed by the 2008 General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Steve Beshear, including initiatives to curb the rising costs of incarceration and improve the safety of law enforcement officers.
||Public Safety & Offender Accountability Act
Gov. Beshear signs landmark corrections reform bill
On March 3, 2011, Gov. Beshear signed into law a landmark justice reform bill designed to decrease the state’s prison population, reduce incarceration costs, reduce crime and increase public safety.
The bill modernizes Kentucky drug laws by reducing prison time for low-risk, non-violent drug offenders who possess small amounts of illegal drugs. It then reinvests the savings from the reduced prison costs into drug treatment opportunities for offenders who need help.
The law also strengthens probation and parole laws by basing key decisions on the risk posed by offenders and improving supervision, and links offenders to appropriate community resources.
HB 463 is estimated to save the Commonwealth $422 million over the next decade. The bill is the culmination of years of study and work to solve a complex problem: out-of-control corrections costs.
To read the full text of the bill, visit http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/11RS/HB463.htm
||Public Hearing on Lethal Injection Protocols
The Department of Corrections held a public hearing on September 25, 2012 to receive comments on proposed amendments related to Kentucky’s lethal injection protocols. The hearing was held in compliance with the process for amending the state’s administrative regulations. Video of that hearing can be viewed here:
Death Penalty Public Hearing 1 of 4
Death Penalty Public Hearing 2 of 4
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||Recent Press Releases
- Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel to meet Nov. 4
Friday, November 01, 2013
The Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting Monday, Nov. 4
- More than 9,000 pounds of medications collected in Kentucky during National Take Back Day
Friday, November 01, 2013
Kentucky collected more than 9,000 pounds of unused or unneeded medications during last Saturday’s DEA National Drug Take Back Day, eliminating their risk of being diverted and abused.
- Overdose deaths in Kentucky decline for first time in a decade, report find
Friday, July 26, 2013
For the first time in a decade, Kentucky overdose deaths declined in 2012, according to a report issued today by the Office of Drug Control Policy. Even with the overall drop, autopsied overdose deaths attributed to the use of heroin increased 550 percent over the previous year, to 143 cases, up from 22 in 2011.