There is no ‘crime epidemic.’ Lawmakers should not saddle Kentucky with even more prisoners, costs.

BY: - January 29, 2024

In the immortal words of Ronald Reagan during a debate with Jimmy Carter, there they go again. For the past 50 years, every so often the media, law enforcement, prosecutors and government officials start screaming at the top of their lungs that “crime is rising,” “something must be done,” and the like.  Then the legislature […]

Sweeping GOP bill increasing criminal penalties, outlawing ‘street camping’ clears Kentucky House

BY: - January 25, 2024

FRANKFORT — A sweeping anti-crime bill pushed by Louisville Republicans won approval Thursday in the Kentucky House after much debate and a few changes to the legislation.  In a 74-22 vote, the House approved House Bill 5. The bill already had 50 Republican co-sponsors before the House voted on the measure. The only Democrat to […]


Anti-crime bill would do more of what we already know doesn’t work

BY: - January 23, 2024

All Kentuckians deserve to feel safe in their communities, but sending even more people to jail and prison, and for longer, will not make us safer. And yet, that’s the approach taken in House Bill 5, an expansive collection of tried-and-failed policies that respond to a wide range of societal issues with one antiquated solution: […]

U.S. House panel explores impact of immigration, crime on national parks

BY: - October 19, 2023

WASHINGTON — The effects of immigration and crime on national parks took center stage Wednesday during a U.S. House hearing led by Republicans. Members of the U.S. House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations discussed trash accumulation, the destruction of wildlife habitats and the illegal marijuana growing operations tied to cartels as environmental consequences […]

Louisville GOP lawmakers working on sweeping anti-crime bill ahead of legislative session

BY: - September 26, 2023

LOUISVILLE — Republican state representatives from Louisville plan to file an 18-point omnibus bill in the next legislative session that aims to tackle an “epidemic of crime in our commonwealth,” said the bill’s lead sponsor, Rep. Jared Bauman.  The bill, which focuses mostly on issues within Louisville and Jefferson County, is backed by seven Republicans […]

‘We ought to fix:’ Kentucky crime victims aren’t getting automatic court notifications 

BY: - September 21, 2023

Kentucky crime victims are no longer getting automated notifications regarding their cases, Henderson County Attorney Steve Gold told members of the Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary Thursday.  The Victim Information and Notification Everyday or VINE  system has proved “an essential life saving tool for victims of crime” in the past, Gold told lawmakers.  VINE sent […]

Kentucky’s annual crime report shows drop in serious offenses

BY: - July 19, 2023

Incidents of violent crime decreased across Kentucky in 2022 compared to the previous year, according to an annual state report released Wednesday.  The 2022 Crime in Kentucky Report showed about a 9.2% drop in the number of reported Group A offenses — which include the state’s most serious offenses including arson, homicide, bribery, burglary, and […]

Move to close some death investigation records seen as response to Judd family concerns

BY: - December 6, 2022

Legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson would close public records in death investigations such as those surrounding the suicide of country music legend Naomi Judd, a move drawing opposition from open records advocates. Johnson, a Franklin Republican, filed Senate Bill 9 in advance of the 113th General Assembly, a measure that would conceal […]