FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- On Tuesday, governor Matt Bevin and Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary held a news conference with leaders from the national Safe Streets & Second Chances project discussed the initiative and other criminal justice-focused efforts in the Bluegrass State.
The Safe Streets & Second Chances project is currently underway in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Pennsylvania.
They say across the four states, the team of independent researchers at FSU are studying roughly 1,560 program participants (230 in Kentucky) who are incarcerated or have recently been released. Half of the group receives standard reentry services while the other half receives the 5-Key Model for Reentry trial that Pettus-Davis helped develop to give returning citizens the tools needed to overcome personal challenges that lead to recidivism.
Researchers are also identifying external barriers that stand in the way of individuals successfully reentering society. For example, many of those who are leaving prison have difficulty obtaining proper housing a challenge that Koufos and his team have been working to address.
Kentucky has become a national leader in criminal justice reform, and we are grateful for our partnership with the Safe Streets & Second Chances initiative in advancing this critical pursuit, said Gov. Bevin.
Officials say more than 95 percent of all the individuals currently in our corrections system will eventually return to their communities upon completing their sentences. Innovative research through the S3C program will empower the Commonwealth to implement effective rehabilitation efforts, providing these individuals with the greatest opportunity for success as they reenter society.