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3:33 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Attorney General Eric Holder Gives Rand Paul, Kentucky Shoutouts in Announcing Sentencing Changes

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Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Monday changes to how the federal government prosecutes and sentences  people accused of nonviolent crimes, and he gave Kentucky a shoutout in the process.

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7:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Officials: Kentucky Missing DNA Samples from 6,300 Felons

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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.

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.

Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Transportation Cabinet Inspector General Cindy James to investigate why the DNA samples weren't taken.

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8:51 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Kentucky Won't Use Private Prisons for the First Time in Nearly 30 Years

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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.

J. Michael Brown, the state's justice and public safety secretary, announced on Tuesday the decision to leave behind the Marion Adjustment Center.

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.

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