Department of Corrections http://wfpl.org en Attorney General Eric Holder Gives Rand Paul, Kentucky Shoutouts in Announcing Sentencing Changes http://wfpl.org/post/attorney-general-eric-holder-gives-rand-paul-kentucky-shoutouts-announcing-sentencing-changes <p>Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Monday changes to how the federal government prosecutes and sentences &nbsp;people accused of nonviolent crimes, and he gave Kentucky a shoutout in the process.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:33:43 +0000 Joseph Lord 6436 at http://wfpl.org Attorney General Eric Holder Gives Rand Paul, Kentucky Shoutouts in Announcing Sentencing Changes Officials: Kentucky Missing DNA Samples from 6,300 Felons http://wfpl.org/post/officials-kentucky-missing-dna-samples-6300-felons <p>FRANKFORT — Kentucky corrections officials say they failed to take DNA samples from between 6,300 and 7,000 felons as required by law over a four-year period.</p><p>Justice Cabinet Secretary and Corrections Commissioner LaDonna Thompson said during a news conference Thursday in Frankfort that they are now trying to locate about 3,900 people no longer in state custody or on probation or parole to take samples from them.</p><p>Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Transportation Cabinet Inspector General Cindy James to investigate why the DNA samples weren't taken.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Associated Press 6252 at http://wfpl.org Officials: Kentucky Missing DNA Samples from 6,300 Felons Kentucky Won't Use Private Prisons for the First Time in Nearly 30 Years http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-wont-use-private-prisons-first-time-nearly-30-years <p>For the first time in almost 30 years, Kentucky will have no inmates in private prisons after the state declined to enter into a new contract with a facility in Marion County.</p><p>J. Michael Brown, the state's justice and public safety secretary, announced on Tuesday the decision to leave behind the Marion Adjustment Center.</p><p>MAC has 794 inmates, including 232 non-secure custody inmates and 562 secure custody inmates, according to a news release. The state has 120 to move out all of them once the contract expires on Sunday.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 00:51:46 +0000 Joseph Lord 5913 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Won't Use Private Prisons for the First Time in Nearly 30 Years