penal reform http://wfpl.org en Lawmaker: Penal Code Reforms Are Working http://wfpl.org/post/lawmaker-penal-code-reforms-are-working A new law that allows alternative sentencing for non-violent misdemeanor offenses to ease jail overcrowding in Kentucky is beginning to show positive results.<p> That’s according to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.<p> Democrat John Tilley was one of the architects of the 2011 measure known as House Bill 463, which, among other things, emphasizes substance abuse treatment instead of incarceration as an option for misdemeanor drug crimes.<p> "Our defendants are now showing up to court on supervision at a higher rate, and the public safety rate, which means they’re committing few Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:47:51 +0000 Kentucky Public Radio's Dan Conti 3417 at http://wfpl.org Lawmaker: Penal Code Reforms Are Working