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Tuesday, August 1, 2006

CrimProf Robert G. Lawson Releases "Turning Jails into Prison--Collateral Damage from Kentucky's War on Crime"

LawsonFrom University of Kentucky News.com: A new article written by University of Kentucky College of Law CrimProf Robert G. Lawson titled "Turning Jails into Prison -- Collateral Damage from Kentucky's War on Crime", will appear in the first issue of this year's Kentucky Law Journal, and has been gaining attention across the Commonwealth and beyond. In the article, Lawson discusses the increasing number of prisoners being placed in the overcrowded county jails due to the lack of space in prisons, and why this is detrimental to not only the inmates, but to Kentucky communities as well.

Lawson, who traveled to nine jails around the state while writing his article, argues that by placing prisoners in overcrowded jail pods, the system is denying them of any chance to become rehabilitated, which is ultimately a concern that faces the public.
    
"Virtually all inmates are going to be released, and they're going to live in our neighborhoods and communities," Lawson said. "If you put convicted felons in jails and you don't do anything to help their problem, they're likely to be worse when they come out then when they went in, and that's not in the interests of any of us." Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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