From 2011 to 2019, the total population in Kentucky grew by about two percent. Over the same period, county jail populations grew by more than 30 percent, having a significant impact on county budgets. Almost half of county officials in the KACo poll said that jail costs are the biggest pressure on their budgets.
KACo supports the following:
- Pursue positive criminal justice reform.
- Expand access to substance abuse treatment.
- Increase the state per diem rate.
- Preserve the state appropriation to closed jails.