In 2016, there were 64,123 non-violent, non- sexual defendants detained in Kentucky because they could not
afford their bail.
Meanwhile, 43 high risk, violent or sexual offenders were released after posting a monetary bail.
Kentucky has long been willing to take bold action on bail reform ahead of most of her sister states. From the 1976 elimination of commercial bail bondsmen to piloting of one of the country’s first Risk Assessment tools, Kentucky has been willing to lead from the front. Now, two new bold reforms can save taxpayer dollars, ensure a more fair system of justice, and most importantly, better protect public safety.