Prisoners Get Education Money From New Kentucky Budget

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Kentucky's new state budget includes more than $28-million for the justice system. Of that, $1.2-million is specifically designated for Prison Education Programs.

But Warren County Jailer, Jackie Strode, feels that money would be better spent to pay jail personnel. He's afraid he may have to lay off some jail employees because of the budget shortfall.

Strode says he would have preferred the state cancel its private jail contracts, thereby putting more prisoners and more revenue in Kentucky's county jails. But he is pleased the new budget prohibits the governor from releasing inmates early.

Meanwhile, the new budget is giving $5 million more to the state police from the road fund. KSP also gets around $500,000 which used to go to the Lt. Gov’s security detail. And troopers and dispatchers who make less than $60,000 a year, will get an extra $1,000 on top of the $1,080 raise most state employees are getting.