Vicki Reed

Beshear appoints former justice cabinet secretary to cosmetology board

BY: - February 5, 2024

After retiring from the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, former Secretary Kerry Harvey will serve on the Kentucky Board of Cosmetology.  Gov. Andy Beshear appointed Harvey to fill an expired term left by Margaret Meredith. Harvey, of Lexington, will represent citizens at-large. Harvey’s appointment was announced in a list of appointments from the governor’s office […]

Auditor says juvenile justice review shows ‘lack of leadership’ from Beshear administration

BY: - January 31, 2024

FRANKFORT — A review of Kentucky’s Department of Juvenile Justice found “​​disorganization across facilities” and a “lack of leadership from the Beshear Administration,” Republican Auditor Allison Ball said Wednesday. However, an administration spokesperson said neither the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) nor the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet was given the opportunity to review the […]

Harvey to retire as Justice and Public Safety Cabinet secretary

BY: - December 7, 2023

Kerry Harvey, the secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, will retire at the end of January.  Gov. Andy Beshear, who was recently reelected, made the announcement during his weekly press conference Thursday. The governor thanked Harvey for his service and added that Harvey’s decision was “his choice and his choice alone.”  “He has […]

Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice commissioner resigns effective Jan. 1

BY: - November 16, 2023

Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Vicki Reed has resigned, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday.  Beshear, who will begin his second term Dec. 12, also announced that Jeremy Slinker, director of Kentucky Emergency Management, is leaving the administration to take a job with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Reed, who has been the target […]

Lawmakers briefed on handling of sexual misconduct charges against juvenile justice staff

BY: - October 12, 2023

Since 2015, there were six cases in which Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice staff engaged in sexual misconduct or activity with a youth in the system, staff told the Legislative Oversight and Investigations Committee Thursday.  The misconduct could include “sexual harassment” or “inappropriate sexual banter,”  Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Kerry Harvey told […]

Kentucky’s juvenile detention system still struggling with ‘critical staffing issues’

BY: and - June 16, 2023

FRANKFORT — Despite salary increases, persistent understaffing is forcing a shuffling of Kentucky juveniles being held in detention. The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice plans to move girls from a detention center in Campbell County to one in Boyd County for an estimated 90 days in response to staffing difficulties.  The boys being held in […]