Ky. Sup. Ct. Considers Plan to Release People Arrested for Minor Offenses -Plan could save $400,000 a Day

The Kentucky Supreme Court has approved a proposal to test a cost-saving initiative that could allow people arrested for marijuana possession, prostitution and hundreds of other nonviolent crimes to avoid going to jail.

The Kentucky Supreme Court has approved a proposal to test the initiative in a handful of counties before deciding whether to expand it statewide.

Justice Will T. Scott said the move has the potential to save the state more than $400,000 a day in jail costs by allowing people arrested on any of more than 700 mostly obscure charges to immediately post bail and go home.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that prosecutors favor testing the initiative, saying it makes sense financially and poses no risk to public safety.

The State of California now spends more on their corrections system than they do on their educational system.  Kentucky will eventually face such a condition if the prisons and jails continue to fill up at current rates.

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