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November 14, 2019

Jersey signed by 17 year old homicide victim Devin Sesay's teammates and presented to his mother

Eleven months ago, we released our Voices of the Survivors: Louisville Metro Violent Crime Impact Report, which examined the emotional and financial impact of violent crime...

October 1, 2019

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,...

June 27, 2019

Today Kentucky becomes one of 15 states that do not require a permit to carry a concealed firearm. The new law does not change where individuals can carry weapons, and with a small exception for certain misdemeanor convictions, does not change who can lawfully possess...

March 28, 2019

With the bipartisan rejection of an insurance tax hike, Louisville Metro Government must redirect $35 million to pension obligations for the FY20 budget. Because Metro Council rightfully declined to raise taxes, Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad has...

March 11, 2019

The Kentucky House Judiciary committee unanimously passed Senate Bill 57 sponsored by Senator James Higdon on Wednesday.  

What's in the bill?

Senate Bill 57 expands the offenses for which an individuals can seek expungement to include nearly all class D felonies. V...

March 4, 2019

Eight months ago, after meaningful drops in homicides and shootings in Louisville, we first examined the role that self-initiated policing might play in reducing that violence.

Self-initiated police activity typically includes things like pedestrian checks, building che...

November 26, 2018

In December of 2017, the Boyle and Mercer County Fiscal Courts, commissioned a report on what improvements they could make to their criminal justice system. Boyle and Mercer county share a jail, the Boyle County Detention Center, and at the time of the commissioned rep...

November 16, 2018

“There oughta be a law!” was a syndicated newspaper cartoon that ran from the 1940s through the 1980s. The basic premise involved the characters encountering some perceived misfortune or injustice with the remedy and punchline often being; “there ought to be a law!”

I h...

September 6, 2018

When bullets strike flesh, lives are forever changed. When the victim is killed, families are left behind to grieve, to deal with the criminal justice system, to try to pull their lives back together and resist the urge to retaliate. When the victim survives, the physi...

August 27, 2018

The Cato Institute, a Washington DC based think-tank has released the fifth edition of their “Freedom in the 50 States” report. The data set ends at year-end 2016, so most movement from the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions is not included in this edition of the repor...

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