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New Data Shows Large Number of Pretrial Detainees are Non-Violent, Low Risk

The Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) has examined a snapshot of data from November 1 of last year and found that a majority of pretrial detainees were non-violent offenders. The new analysis looks at a snapshot of those detained pretrial on November 1, 2018. On that date 10,010 defendants were detained awaiting trial. Of those 10,010, over two-thirds, were eligible for release – the reaming third had some type of hold making them ineligible for release, usually from another jurisdiction. Of the 6,796 who were eligible for release, 71% were being held for a non-violent, class D Felony offense - the most common of which was drug possession; 38% of those being held for a class

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