Secretary John Tilley

As head of the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, Secretary John Tilley oversees more than 7,000 employees and five major departments, including Corrections, Criminal Justice Training, Public Advocacy, Juvenile Justice, and the Kentucky State Police. The office also oversees the State Medical Examiner and the Office of Drug Control Policy. Over the past two years, he has led a transformative overhaul of the Department of Juvenile Justice to modernize policy, lower costs, and achieve better outcomes for both children and public safety. He also spearheaded a sweeping redesign of the Department of Corrections Reentry Division to focus resources on training inmates and connecting them with sustainable employment, housing and transportation. In addition, Secretary Tilley headed up the 23-member Criminal Justice Policy Assessment Council, a bipartisan panel focused on lowering recidivism and building a fairer system of justice. The council's work led to successful reforms that reduced barriers to reentry and boosted job training for inmates.

Prior to his appointment, Secretary Tilley served well into a fifth term in the Kentucky House of Representatives, chairing the House Judiciary Committee from 2009 to 2015. During his tenure, he sponsored landmark legislation to strengthen public safety, while controlling corrections costs and increasing drug treatment. He also sponsored or championed sweeping legislation on opioids and pill mills, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault, synthetic drugs, juvenile justice and internet crimes against children.

Secretary Tilley is a former chair of the National Association of State Legislature's Criminal Law and Justice Committee. He has worked both nationally and internationally in the areas of criminal justice reform, drug policy, and juvenile justice. Secretary Tilley also serves on various boards and committees, notably on the Council of State Governments (CSG) Executive Committee and CSG's Justice Center Leadership Council and Executive Committee.


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Parole Board Applications

The Kentucky Parole Board is accepting applications for full time membership. Per KRS 439.320 each member appointed to the board shall have at least five (5) years of actual experience in the field of penology, corrections work, law enforcement, sociology, law, education, social work, medicine, or a combination thereof, or have served at least five (5) years previously on the Parole Board. This position requires full-time (37.5 hours per week) employment.

Applications MUST include the required Parole Board Application Form to be considered, which can be obtained by visiting the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Website, clicking on "Our Departments and Agencies" under the Kentucky Parole Board, "Apply for the Parole Board". All applications MUST be delivered or postmarked no later than close of business, Monday, July 25, 2018 to:

Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
Office of the Secretary
Attention: Michele Barnes
125 Holmes Street
Frankfort, KY 40601

All applications must identify political party registration to comply with KY law. Applications submitted during this administration will be considered. For questions, email Michele Barnes or call 502-564-8233.

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