Senate should save Kentucky from another incarceration binge

BY: - February 14, 2024

FRANKFORT — A couple of demented provisions in House Republicans’ sweeping rewrite of Kentucky’s criminal code — jailing the homeless and unleashing vigilante justice on suspected shoplifters — are bad enough in themselves. They also seem to be the shiny new objects distracting from other, far-reaching questions about House Bill 5. Kentuckians deserve answers, but […]

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 […]

Kentucky Family Caregiver Program benefits restored

BY: - August 2, 2023

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story mislabeled the restored program. More eligible people who are raising their grandchildren will receive benefits through the Kentucky Family Caregiver Program, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Wednesday.  All 15 of the state’s Area Development Districts (ADD) will be able to participate in the program, Beshear said, thanks to […]

Political art by Marc Murphy

BY: - January 16, 2023

Here’s a piece reflecting the writing by Vanessa Gallman about the rate at which Kentucky imprisons its citizens, and the state’s Constitution that classifies them as slaves. I chose the image of My Old Kentucky Home because it’s an iconic symbol of the state and was a plantation as well.


Kentucky still reaps slavery’s bitter fruit as prisons and jails swell with ‘indentured servants’

BY: - January 16, 2023

This column,  first published by the Kentucky Lantern earlier this month, inspired Marc Murphy’s political art that we are publishing on the holiday honoring asassinated civil rights hero the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Kentucky resisted the end of slavery, refusing to certify the 13th Amendment at the time and only freeing people six months after June […]